Lyonel Feininger

Kreuzer auf hoher See

18,200€  *
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  • Pen and ink and watercolour on handmade fibrous paper

  • 1939

  • 19,2 x 24 cm

  • Achim Moeller has confirmed the authenticity of this work; with photo certificate, dated 2014

  • Bought by the current owner at Gallery Pabst, Vienna/Munich in 1980

  • 1871 – New York – 1956

  • Signed ‘Feininger’ lower left and dated ‘Sept.25.1939´ lowwer right

  • Framed under glass


Lyonel Feininger was born in New York City on July 17th 1871. At the age of 16 Feininger followed his parents to Europe, where he attended the drawing and painting class at the Gewerbeschule in Hamburg followed by studies at Königliche Kunst-Akademie in Berlin from 1888 to 1892. He started as a caricaturist for several national and international magazines. In 1909 Lyonel Feininger joined as artist the "Berliner Sezession", in whose exhibitions Feininger first participated a year later.  For the occasion of his exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants the artist traveled to Paris in 1911, where he made contact with Cubist artist. His contacts and exchange with Alfred Kubin and the "Brücke" painters Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel opened up new dimensions in his works in 1912. In 1913, upon invitation by artist and curator Franz Marc, Feininger participated at an exhibition at Herwarth Walden's "Sturm" gallery in Berlin, where he also held his first solo exhibition in 1917. Feininger followed Walter Gropius invitation to teach graphic art and painting at the Bauhaus in 1919. There he founded together with Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Alexej von Jawlensky, Lyonel Feininger the group "Die Blauen Vier" in 1924. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, the situation became unbearable for Feininger and his wife. The Nazi Party declared his work to be "degenerate." The Feiningers moved to America after his work was exhibited in the the show Entartete Kunst in 1936. Feininger had to wait for his artistic breakthrough in the US until 1944, when he had a successful retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art. After the war Feininger held a summer course at the Black Mountain College, where he met Gropius and Einstein. His classes and publications set a trend for the development of Abstract Expressionist painting in the US. Feininger died in New York on January 13th 1956. 



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