Sunday, June 7, 2015

12 Works by Lyonel Feininger, June 7, 2014

The son of German parents, Lyonel Feininger was born in New York in 1871. He moved to Germany in 1887, studied in Hamburg, Berlin, and Paris, and worked as a caricaturist and draftsman in Berlin for fourteen years before beginning to paint in the Cubist style. In 1919 he was appointed "master" at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Later he immigrated to the United States when the National Socialists declared his work "degenerate."

Marine
Dimensions:  11.02 X 14.8 in (28 X 37.6 cm)
Medium:  Woodcut on laid paper
Creation Date:  1918
Edition Number:  One of 125 prints
Signed


Lyonel Feininger's art holds an intrinsic beauty and importance recognized internationally. Famous for his Cubist paintings, Feininger was an essential member of the Bauhaus school. Most recognizable for his Cubist architectural scenes, Feininger's range of art stretches to woodcuts, cartoons, drawings, pen and ink, and watercolor, depicting subjects ranging from people to still-life to sketches of landscape vistas.

PARISER HÄUSER (HOHE HÄUSER IN PARIS)
Dimensions: 14.65 X 10.63 in (37.2 X 27 cm)
Medium: woodcut
Creation Date: 1920
Signed
Edition Number: edition of circa 30-35


Feininger strove to "transform in the mind and crystallize what one sees." Reality in his work does not rely strictly upon the representation of observed impressions but in the appropriation and transformation of perceptions into spatial and plastic, multidimensional pictorial structures. Feininger's work is built up of layers of prismatic and crystalline forms, one above the other

RATHAUS VON ZOTTELSTEDT, 1“ („RATHAUS“)
Dimensions: 4.53 X 5.47 in (11.5 X 13.9 cm)
Medium: Woodcut on Japan laid paper
Creation Date: 1918
Signed
Edition Number: print aside from the edition of 55


Only their mutual interpretation produces the object, and it leads into the depth of the pictorial space rather than to its surface. Aside from the use of pictorial space for purely architectural depiction, the fundamental innovation in his work is the creation of formal volume through the overlapping of color planes.


WINDMÜHLE


Dimensions: 10.04 X 12.01 in (25.5 X 30.5 cm)
Medium: Woodcut on Japan laid paper
Creation Date: 1919
Signed
Edition Number: from the edition of 80

Spatial depth and volume, intrinsic to Feininger's work, changed with his development as an artist. In his first paintings, compositions deal with earthbound energies trying to disengage themselves. Conflict between the aspiring verticals and the gravitating horizontals result in diagonal forms, exuding a dynamic ascent. As the war ended, the tension which had held him since 1910 began to relax.

GHOSTIES
Dimensions: 3.43 X 3.7 in (8.7 X 9.4 cm)
Medium: Watercolour and pen and India ink on letterhead paper
Creation Date: 1952
Signed

His great seriousness gave way to a more serene and lyrical mood, softer and finer. In the pictures he created in the second half of the 1920s, Feininger achieved ever greater calm and clarity of form. lesliesacks

SAILING BOATS (WITH MOON); UNTITLED
Woodcut on very fine Japan paper, print on Kazo paper
Edition Number: possibly trial proof

SHIP ALONG THE SHORE
Dimensions: 5.51 X 7.48 in (14 X 19 cm)
Medium: Woodcut on japanese paper
Creation Date: 1920
Signed

SEASCAPE
Dimensions: 12.13 X 18.9 in (30.8 X 48 cm)
Medium: Watercolour, India ink and wash as well as pen and ink and pencil drawing on laid paper with watermark
Creation Date: 1954
Signed

SAILING SHIP
Dimensions: 7.5 X 11.25 in (19.05 X 28.58 cm)
Medium: Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
Creation Date: 1934
Signed

EDGED SPACES
Dimensions: 30 X 24 in (76.2 X 60.96 cm)
Medium: oil over pencil on canvas
Creation Date: 1954
Signed

SAILING SHIP UNDER CLOUD
Dimensions: 12.62 X 18.88 in (32.07 X 47.94 cm)
Medium: watercolor and pen and black ink on paper
Creation Date: 1948
Signed

HARBOR WITH LIGHTHOUSE
Dimensions: 9.5 X 14 in (24.13 X 35.56 cm)
Medium: watercolor and pen
Signed