Lyonel Feininger, The Gate, Drypoint Etching, 1912

Item no. 217817-61
Price19,340
  • Details

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    • Etching and drypoint on brownish wove paper
    • Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) – German-American painter, graphic artist and illustrator of Classic Modernism
    • Signed ‘Lyonel Feininger’ in pencil, signed ‘Feininger’, titled ‘The Gate’ and dated ‘Wednesd‘y, Sept. 4. 1912‘ in the plate
    • From the total edition of 125
    • Issued in ‘Die Schaffenden’, volume 1, portfolio 1, 1919 (with their blindstamp, Lugt 4783)
    • Edited by Paul Westheim, published by Kiepenheuer Verlag, Weimar
    • Catalogue raisonné: Prasse E52; Söhn HDO 72701-1
    • Plate dimensions: 27 x 19.9 cm; sheet dimensions: 42 x 32 cm
    • A preparatory pen and ink drawing for this etching in which Feininger's typical cubistic form language already is discernible originated a year earlier.
    • The price for this item contains a resale rights royalty that will be paid out to the collecting society VG Bild Kunst
    • This object is sold through our Berlin office
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    Condition:

    The etching is in overall good condition, consistent with age. The paper is overall slightly discolored. A professionally restored tiny tear (c. 0.5 cm) is barely visible in the upper left corner. There are five small remains of paper tape on the reverse.

    Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)

    Lyonel Feininger moved from New York to Germany at the age of 16. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Hamburg, the Royal Academy in Berlin and later in Paris under the sculptor Filippo Colarossi. Back in Berlin he worked as a commercial caricaturist for various magazines. In 1906 Feininger visited Paris again where he met Robert Delaunay and Henri Matisse. Five years later six of Feininger’s works were shown at the ‘Salon des Artistes Indépendants’. The artist became acquainted with Cubism and in Germany he got to know the members of the artists’ groups Brücke and Blauer Reiter. In 1919, he was hired by Walter Gropius as the head of the graphic workshop at the newly founded Bauhaus. Since Feininger’s works were considered ‘degenerate art’ during the Nazi regime, the artist moved back to the United States in the late 1930s, continuously working with German subject matters. In 1944 the Museum of Modern Art showed a first retrospective of the artist together with the American painter Marsden Hartley. The MoMA still houses some of Feininger’s work. Today Lyonel Feininger is known as one of the most important artists of the classical modern period whose works are represented in the most renowned museums worldwide. (fea)

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