Berlin

Lyonel Feininger

Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate

March 28 – May 27, 2011

exhibition view of Lyonel Feininger: Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate, Berlin
exhibition view of Lyonel Feininger: Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate, Berlin
exhibition view of Lyonel Feininger: Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate, Berlin
exhibition view of Lyonel Feininger: Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate, Berlin
exhibition view of Lyonel Feininger: Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate, Berlin
exhibition view of Lyonel Feininger: Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate, Berlin
Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)
(Flâneurs), 1910
pen and ink and crayon on paper
12 ¼ x 9 5/16 in. (31 x 23.6 cm)
drawing made on Lyonel Feininger's 39th birthday.
Die Bergkirche, 1909
(The Church on the Hill)
watercolor and ink on paper
12 5/8 x 9 7/16 in. (32 x 24 cm)
signed upper right: Feininger
dated bottom center: Wed. July 7. 09
titled lower center: die Bergkirche
inscribed bottom left: X L.F.
Mellenthin II, 1915
Watercolor and ink on paper
9⅜ x 12 ½ in. (23.8 x 31.8 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger /
Titled lower center: MELLENTHIN II
Dated lower right: 25. MAI 1915
Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.
Mühle I, 1912
(Mill I)
Charcoal on paper
12 1/16 x 9 3/8 in. (30.6 x 23.8 cm)
Signed and inscribed lower left: Feininger Ju
Dated lower right: 6. JUNe, 1912
Titled lower center MÜHLE I
Inscribed bottom left.: X
The Geranium Pot, 1914
(Der Geranium Topf)
Pen and ink on paper
12 2/5 x 9 3/5 in. (31.5 x 24.2 cm)
Signed lower left.:: Feininger
Dated lower right.: 1914
Titled lower center. The Geranium Pot
Inscribed lower left: X X
Eisenbahner, 1915
(Railroad Workers)
Watercolor and ink on paper
9 3/8 x 12 11/16 in. (23.8 x 32.3 cm)
Signed and inscribed lower left: X L.F. Feininger
Dated lower right: Freitag d. 26 Nov. 1915
Titled lower center: EISENBAHNER
Die Angler, 1915
(The Anglers)
Watercolor, pen and ink on paper
9 9/16 x 12 3/8 in. (24.3 x 31.4 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: November 1915
Titled lower center: Die Angler
Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.
Dorf V, 1916
(Village V)
Charcoal on paper
9 3/8 x 12 5/16 in. (23.9 x 31.2 cm).
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: Sonnabend, d. 14. Okt. 1916
Titled lower center: Dorf V
Inscribed bottom left: X
Ober-Weimar, 1917
Pen and ink on paper
9 1/8 x 12 7/16 in. (25.3 x 32.5 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 10 VII 17
Titled lower center: Ober=Weimar
Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.
Brücke IV, 1918
(Bridge IV)
Charcoal on paper
9 7/16 x 12 3/16 in. (24 x 30.9 cm).
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: Januar 1918
Titled lower center BRÜCKE IV
Inscribed bottom left: X
Süssenborn III, 1924
Watercolor, pen and ink on paper
10 7/16 x 12 5/8 in. (26.6 x 32.1 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 29. I. 24
Titled lower center: Süssenborn III
Inscribed bottom left: X X
Gelmeroda, 1927
pen and ink and charcoal on paper
11 ¼ x 13 ¼ in. (28.6 x 33.7 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 10 8 27
Titled lower center: Gelmeroda
Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.
Baltic, 1930
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
12 5/16 x 18 15/16 in. (31.4 x 48 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 2. 7. 30
Titled lower center: BALTIC
Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.
Häuser am Sande I , 1932
(Houses am Sande I)
Charcoal on paper
12 x 9 1/4 in. (30.5 x 23.5 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 5 6 32
Titled lower center: „Häuser am Sande” I
Windmühle, 1932
(Windmill)
Charcoal on paper
11 7/16 x 9 3/16 in. (29 x 23.2 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: Juni 1932
Titled and inscribed lower center: Windmühle
Inscribed bottom right: 25 X 20
(Sechs Figuren), 1934
(Six Figures)
Pen and ink on paper
8 13/16 x 11 7/8 in. (22.4 x 30.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1934
(Wolken über dem Meer mit zwei Figuren am Strand), 1934
(Clouds over the Sea, and Two People by the Shore)
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
9 x 11 9/16 in. (22.9 x 29.4 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1934
(Two Steamers), 1936
Pen and ink heightened with watercolor on paper
10 7/16 x 14 15/16 in. (26.5 x 37.9 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 20. 9. 36
Inscribed bottom left: ♀(reversed)
(Barque with Two Flags), 1938
Pen and ink heightened with watercolor on paper
7 7/8 x 10 15/16 in. (20 x 27.8 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 3. 8. 38.
Inscribed bottom left: X
Enigmatic Island, 1938
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
7 7/16 x 11 ½ in. (18.8 x 29.3 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 9. 7. 38.
Titled lower center: enigmatic Island
Inscribed bottom left: X ♀ (reversed)
(Eight Figures), 1945
(Acht Figuren)
Watercolor, pen and ink and crayon on paper
11 ½ x 15 3/8 in. (29.3 x 39.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1945
Silhouettes, 1950
(Silhouetten)
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
7 ¾ x 10 3/16 in. (19.8 x 25.9 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Dated lower right: 17. 9. 50
Titled lower center: Silhouettes
exhibition view of portraits from Lyonel Feininger: Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate, Berlin
(Self-portrait), 1908
Ink on paper
6 ½ x 5 in. (16.5 x 11.4 cm)
Familiare Notiz, 1908
Ink on paper
5 7/8 x 5 in. (14.8 x 12.7 cm)
(Four Figures before Dark Background), c. 1954
(Vier Figuren vor dunklem Hintergrund)
watercolor and ink on paper
7 7/8 x 6 1/4 in. (18.7 x 15.9 cm)
signed lower left: Feininger
(Four Figures), 1954
Watercolor and ink on paper
8 x 6¼ in. (20.3 x 15.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1954

Press Release

Moeller Fine Art Berlin freut sich, die Ausstellung Lyonel Feininger: Zeichnungen und Aquarelle aus dem Julia-Feininger-Nachlass anzukündigen. Mit fünfzig Zeichnungen und Aquarellen aus den Jahren 1909 bis 1955, die in dieser Form zum ersten Mal öffentlich gezeigt werden können, gibt die Ausstellung einen repräsentativen Überblick über die künstlerische Entwicklung und Vielfältigkeit des Œuvres von Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956). Die Ausstellung, die am 29. März eröffnet wird und am 28. Mai 2011 endet, ist parallel zur Ausstellung Feininger aus Harvard. Zeichnungen, Aquarelle und Fotografien im Kupferstichkabinett am Kulturforum in Berlin zu sehen. Zeitgleich zur Lyonel-Feininger-Retrospektive im Whitney Museum of American Art wird die Ausstellung vom 27. Juni bis zum 15. Oktober 2011 bei Moeller Fine Art in New York gezeigt.

Wenige Monate vor seinem Tod schrieb Lyonel Feininger an seinen Freund, den Kunsthistoriker Alois J. Schardt (1889–1955): „Es wäre Manches zu erzählen und Vieles [...] zu zeigen, denn es geht unaufhaltsam weiter mit ,Trial and Error‘ in der Arbeit, und manchmal, [...], gelingt ein Anreichen an neue Grenzen in der Gesamtfolge der jahrzehntelangen Suche.“ Die Werke in dieser Ausstellung rekapitulieren fünf Jahrzehnte dieser künstlerischen Reise. Sie zeugen von der Suche des ehemaligen Karikatur-Zeichners nach einer eigenen künstlerischen Ausdrucksform zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts, von der stilistischen Vielfalt des Bauhaus-Meisters in den 1920er Jahren und der Sehnsucht des Repatriierten nach den Motiven der verloren gegangenen Wahlheimat Deutschland, die er 1937 nach fünfzig Jahren verließ, um in seine Geburtsstadt New York zurückzukehren. Sie erzählen von Schiffen und vom Meer, von der Weite der Ostsee und der atmosphärischen Dichte thüringischer Dörfer, von den Mansarddächern am Pariser Montmartre und den Giebelhäusern in Lüneburg, von schuftenden Eisenbahnern und ätherischen „Geistern“. Mal geometrisch streng, mal schemenhaft verschwommen, mal naturgetreuer, mal abstrakter, ist doch allen Arbeiten in dieser Ausstellung die Suche nach der Essenz des Erlebten gemein.

Zur Ausstellung wird ein illustrierter Katalog mit ausführlicher Biografie erscheinen. Alle gezeigten Werke können käuflich erworben werden.

Moeller Fine Art ist mit dem Namen Lyonel Feininger seit langem verbunden und gilt als erste Adresse hinsichtlich seines Werks. In der Person Achim Moellers vertritt die Galerie die Feininger-Familienstiftung und erstellt Expertisen zu Arbeiten des Künstlers. Achim Moeller arbeitet an der Herausgabe des dreibändigen Werkverzeichnisses der Gemälde von Lyonel Feininger. Zu diesem Zweck und zur wissenschaftlichen Erforschung von Feiningers Leben und Werk hat er vor einigen Jahren das Lyonel Feininger Project gegründet.
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Moeller Fine Art is pleased to announce “Lyonel Feininger: Drawings and Watercolors from the Julia Feininger Estate." The exhibition includes fifty works on paper created between 1909 and 1955, many of which will be exhibited for the first time, providing a fresh and comprehensive look at the diversity of the oeuvre of Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956). The exhibition will open on March 29 and run through May 28, to coincide with “Feininger at Harvard: Drawings, Watercolors, and Photographs” at the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin. It will travel to Moeller Fine Art New York, where it will be on view from June 27 to October 15, concurrent with the Lyonel Feininger Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

A few months before his death, Lyonel Feininger wrote to his friend art historian Alois J. Schardt (1889-1955), “There are some things to tell and a lot … to show for trial and error in the working process inexorably continues, and sometimes … after decades of quest you succeed in reaching new limits.” The works in this exhibition encompass five decades of Feininger’s artistic journey, tracing the artists’s search for a distinct style at the beginning of the 20th Century to his achievements as Master of Form at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, followed by the artist’s return to his New York birthplace in 1937. Throughout these decades, motifs from various moment’s in the artist’s life reemerge, including the ships of the Baltic Sea, the atmospheric density of Thuringian villages, mansards of Montmartre and gabled roofs of Lüneburg, populated by toiling railway workers and ethereal ghosts of many places. The works, sometimes geometrical and abstract, sometimes naturalistic, share a common search for the essence of things experienced.

A catalogue, including a detailed chronology, will accompany the exhibition. All works are for sale.

Since the gallery opened in 1972, Moeller Fine Art has been closely linked to the name of Lyonel Feininger, and is the primary gallery for collectors and institutions seeking to purchase and sell works by the artist. Achim Moeller represents Lyonel Feininger Family Trusts and is Managing Principal of The Lyonel Feininger Project LLC, providing research and expertise concerning works by the artist. Achim Moeller is preparing the three-volume catalogue raisonné of paintings by Lyonel Feininger.