Artist of the moment…….Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger was an American born painter renown for his modernist work with the figure. Lyonel Feininger was born in New York City in the year 1871. When he was 16 he left for Germany and studied art abroad. His father was a German violinist and his mother an American singer.

Feininger was a prolific printmaker and painter.

Below a montage of works by Feininger:

The artist was living in Germany when the Nazi’s came to power. The Nazi party called his work degenerate and this caused Feininger to eventually move back to the United States.

Feininger began his art career working with caricatures and comic strips in national magazines. He made the switch from commercial art to fine art in 1907, Feininger was 36 years old at the time.

From my favorite television show, the Antiques Roadshow, we visit an appraisal for Feininger’s most recurring subject, churches and cathedrals:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200905A29.html

The artist taught at the collegiate level joining the faculty at Mills College located in San Francisco, California.

Feininger was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Churches were a recurring theme in the artist’s work.

Lyonel Feininger passed away in 1956.

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The artist had a great sense of design which is apparent in this works celebrating churches and cathedrals. Buildings are seen from multiple angles in a cubist style that also shows the vastness of the buildings.

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1 Comment »

  1. nannus Said:

    One of my favorites in the cubist movement. I especially love his sailing boats and sea scapes.


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