Lyonel Feininger

USA / 1871 - 1956 / wikipedia /
Lyonel Charles Feininger (July 17, 1871 – Jan. 13, 1956); German-American painter, and a leading exponent of Expressionism. He also worked as a caricaturist and comic strip artist. He was born and grew up in New York City, traveling to Germany at 16 to study and perfect his art. He started his career as a cartoonist in 1894 and met with much success in this area. He was also a commercial caricaturist for 20 years for magazines and newspapers in the USA and Germany. At the age of 36, he started to work as a fine artist. He also produced a large body of photographic works between 1928 and the mid 1950s, but he kept these primarily within his circle of friends. He was also a pianist and composer, with several piano compositions and fugues for organ extant.

The son of German immigrants, Lyonel Feininger was born in New York and moved to Germany in 1887. By the 1890s, he had become an accomplished cartoonist (his series Wee Willie Winkie’s World and Kin-der-Kids ran for years in many newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune). Feininger began to paint in 1907 and quickly became associated with the German Expressionists. He taught at the famed art school the Bauhaus until the Nazis closed it in 1933; four years later, he left Germany for the US.

American painter, printmaker, draftsman, photographer, who lived in Germany from 1887-1937.... Encountered Cubism in Paris in 1911; thereafter developed style of interlocking, crystalline planes, which carefully structured his preferred subjects of landscapes, village views, the sea, and architecture. His slightly off-kilter, reverberating lines also resonated with Expressionism, tempered with his own typically fanciful point of view....

Created more than 400 prints between 1906 and 1955, most by 1924. Worked initially in etching and...
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