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THE COLLECTION

Buchholz Gallery, New York

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  • Lyonel Feininger. Lighthouse (Leuchtbake) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
    Lighthouse (Leuchtbake) from Ten...
    (1918, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Lighthouse (Leuchtbake) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Men, Houses, Lantern, and Pushcart (Männer, Häuser, Laterne und Schiebkarren) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
    Men, Houses, Lantern, and Pushcart...
    (1918, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Men, Houses, Lantern, and Pushcart (Männer, Häuser, Laterne und Schiebkarren) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Ships in Port (Schiffe im Hafen) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
    Ships in Port (Schiffe im Hafen)...
    (1918, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Ships in Port (Schiffe im Hafen) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Locomotive on the Bridge (Zug auf der Brücke) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
    Locomotive on the Bridge (Zug auf der...
    (1918, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Locomotive on the Bridge (Zug auf der Brücke) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Wagon Crossing a Bridge (Wagen auf einer Brücke) fromTen Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
    Wagon Crossing a Bridge (Wagen auf einer...
    (1918, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Wagon Crossing a Bridge (Wagen auf einer Brücke) fromTen Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Side Wheeler (Raddampfer) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
    Side Wheeler (Raddampfer) from Ten...
    (1918, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Side Wheeler (Raddampfer) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1918, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Ghosts from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1919, published 1941)
    Ghosts from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel...
    (1919, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Ghosts from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1919, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Anglers and Ships (Angler und Schiffe) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1919, published 1941)
    Anglers and Ships (Angler und Schiffe)...
    (1919, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Anglers and Ships (Angler und Schiffe) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1919, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Anglers (Angler) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1919, published 1941)
    Anglers (Angler) from Ten Woodcuts...
    (1919, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Anglers (Angler) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1919, published 1941)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Ships and Sun (Schiffe und Sonne) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1919, published 1941)
    Ships and Sun (Schiffe und Sonne)...
    (1919, published 1941)
    Lyonel Feininger. Ships and Sun (Schiffe und Sonne) from Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. (1919, published 1941)

About the portfolio

Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.

These ten prints feature subjects that captivated Lyonel Feininger throughout his career: ships at sea or moored in harbor, architecture, people, and ghosts, all rendered in an off-kilter style. The distorted portrayals recall his artistic beginnings as a caricaturist. They also attest to a sophisticated experimentation with form. Feininger restructured space in a Cubist manner, combining multiple perspectives in the same composition and embracing the flattening and planar tendencies of the woodcut medium.

Feininger based these woodcuts, which count among his first experiments in the medium, on quick sketches he termed “nature notes.” He made many of these sketches in summer 1918 while vacationing in the Harz Mountains, far away from wartime Berlin.

PUBLISHING HISTORY

In 1937, American-born Feininger left Germany, where he had lived for fifty years, in the face of growing persecution by the Nazis. The Buchholz Gallery in New York, run by Curt Valentin, was instrumental in helping him reestablish himself stateside. In 1941, the gallery published this portfolio of selected early woodcuts, all printed from the original woodblocks, which Feininger had saved. The prints still resonated deeply with the artist, who only rarely made new woodcuts after returning to America.

Lyonel Feininger (American, 1871–1956)

The Portfolio

Ten Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger

Date:
1941 (prints executed: 1918-1920)
Medium:
Portfolio of ten woodcuts
Dimensions:
composition (each approx.): 3 7/8 x 4 7/8" (9.9 x 12.4 cm); sheet (each approx.): 6 3/4 x 9 1/8" (17.2 x 23.2 cm)
Paper:
Cream, smooth, laid China.
Publisher:
Buchholz Gallery, New York(Curt Valentin)
Printer:
unknown
Edition:
30
Credit Line:
Purchase
Copyright:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Reference:
Prasse W17 II; W72 II; W74; W81 II; W82; W83 II; W134; W135 II; W191; W201 II.
MoMA Number:
572.1949.1-10
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