Lyonel Feininger: City at the Edge of the World

November 15, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)

(City at the Edge of the World), 1925-1955

Set of 68 carved and painted wooden figures, houses, animals, and a bridge 

Dimensions variable, max. height 3 7/8 in. (10 cm)

Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)

Sympathetic Gallery Visitors, c. 1952

Watercolor, ink, and gold paint on paper

5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (14 x 7.7 cm)

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Three Figures), c. 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper 

6 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (16.5 x 8.3 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

What’s the big Idea?, 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper

3 1/8 x 6 1/4 in. (7.9 x 15.9 cm)

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Five Figures), c. 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper 

3 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (7.9 x 15.6 cm)

Press Release

Moeller Fine Art is pleased to present "Lyonel Feininger: City at the Edge of the World," a selection of "Ghosties" and toys by Lyonel Feininger, on view through January 31, 2019.  Lyonel Feininger’s “Ghosties,” as his late whimsical watercolors are often referred to, were intended as gifts to friends and family. As such, they often included a personal note or greeting, revealing the artist's affection for those close to him.


In this installation, a selection of ten of these intimate works, created between 1945 and 1955, are presented alongside a set of 68 carved and hand-painted toys. This “City at the Edge of the World,” so-named by the artist's son T. Lux after one of his father's drawings (The City at the Edge of the World [In der Stadt am Ende der Welt], 1912, Museum of Modern Art), is a three-dimensional embodiment of Feininger’s two-dimensional world, populated by the same houses and figures that can be found in his works across other media. The group on display, the largest in existence, comes from the collection of the artist’s eldest son Andreas and his wife Wysse. Andreas and Wysse cherised these carved toys, and many of them figure prominently in the book of the same title, with photographs by Andreas and text by T. Lux Feininger, published in 1966.

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