Lyonel Feininger, Kirche in Possendorf, Drawing, 1919

Item no. 217817-63
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    • Charcoal on thin paper with 2 punched holes on the left
    • Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) – German-American painter, graphic artist and illustrator of Classic Modernism
    • Dated ’16 6 19’ upper right
    • With the oval estate stamp 'Feininger Estate' on the reverse
    • Sheet dimensions: 16 x 20.5 cm
    • In wooden frame: 35.5 x 39 cm
    • Provenance: Estate of the artist; Marlbourogh Fine Art, London; Lempertz, Cologne, auction June 11, 2005, lot 757
    • When Feininger was called to the Bauhaus in Weimar in May 1919, he also explored the surrounding villages. The picturesque old church in Possendorf, today a district of Weimar, provided the motif for this small drawing
    • The price for this item contains a resale rights royalty that will be paid out to the collecting society VG Bild Kunst
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  • Additional Information & Condition

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    The drawing is in overall good condition, consistent with age. The paper is minor toned. There are two tiny tears in the area of one punched hole, paper-taped on verso. A small remain of mount at the reverse upper edge is slightly pressing through. The sheet is affixed to a mat at the reverse corners. The frame is in generally good condition with slight signs of use to the wood and the acrylic glass sheet.

    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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