Self Portrait by Lyonel Feininger

(Self Portrait), 1908
Ink on paper
6 9/16 x 4 1/2 in. (16.7 x 11.4 cm)

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(Anglers), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)

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(Figures on the Shore and Sun), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)

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(Figures on the Shore and Steamer), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)

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(Rainy Day at the Beach), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)

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(Figures on the Beach and Ships on the Horizon), 1918

Pencil on paper

2 7/8 x 3 7/8 in. (7.4 x 9.8 cm)

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(Sidewheeler), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)

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(Outbound Steamer Odin), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm) 

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(Sailing Ships near the Pier), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (6.8 x 10.5 cm)

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(Bark at Sea), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm) 
Dated verso: 16. Okt. 1918

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(Three-Master at Anchor), 1919
Woodcut on paper

Image: 5 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (13.9 x 14.6 cm)
Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger
Numbered lower center: 1916 B

Prasse W 136

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(Sailing Ships and Steamer), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm) 
Dated lower right: 23. IX. 18

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(In the War Harbor), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm) 
Dated verso: 8. X. 18

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(Sailing Boat near the Shore under Rainy Clouds), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm) 
Dated lower left: 4. IX. 18

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(Sailing Ships and Angler on the Shore), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)
Dated upper right: 7. Okt. 1918

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(Figures on the Shore and Sailing Ships), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)

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(Wreck), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm) 

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(Beacon and Sailing Ship), 1918 
Pencil on paper
4 1/8 x 2 11/16 in. (10.5 x 6.8 cm)
Verso: (Rooftops)

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(Volcano), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm) 

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(Sailing Ship near the Coast in the Rain), 1919

Pencil on paper

2 11/16 x 4 3/16 in. (6.8 x 10.6 cm)

Dated lower left: 15 VII 19

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(Windmill and Figure), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm)

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(Windmill in the Rain), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)
Dated lower left: 17. VIII. 18

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(Bridge with Cart), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm) 

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Railroad Viaduct by Lyonel Feininger

(Railroad Viaduct), 1919
Woodcut on yellow Kozo paper
Sheet: 15 x 19 1/2 in. (38.1 x 49.5 cm)

Image: 13 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (33.3 x 42.8 cm)
Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger
Numbered lower center: 1941
Inscribed lower left: X

Prasse W 163

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(Bridge with Cart and Sailing Boat), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm)

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(Wagon Crossing a Bridge), 1918
Woodcut on oatmeal-tan carbon-copy paper, mounted on paper

Mount: 8 5/8 x 11 in. (21.9 x 27.9 cm)

Sheet: 5 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (14.3 x 21.9 cm)

Image: 3 3/16 x 4 7/16 in. (8.1 x 11.2 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Numbered lower right: 1867

Prasse W 82

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(Train on a Bridge), 1918
Pencil on paper

2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm) 

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(Locomotive on the Bridge), 1918
Woodcut on tissue paper
Sheet: 7 3/16 x 9 5/16 (18.4 x 25.2 cm)

Image: 3 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. (9.2 x 11.6 cm)
Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger

Numbered lower center: 18-66

Inscribed lower right: I/II

Inscribed lower left: â™€ [inverted]

Prasse W 81

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(Train on a Bridge by Night), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)
Dated lower right: 24 VIII 18

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(Carriage on a Bridge with Crescent Moon), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (9.8 x 7 cm) 

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(Bridge in a City), c. 1919
Pencil on paper
4 3/16 x 2 11/16 in. (10.6 x 6.8 cm)

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(The Red Fiddler), c. 1908
Crayon on paper
8 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (21.3 x 13.7 cm)

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Fiddler before Houses by Lyonel Feininger

(Fiddler Before Houses), 1918
Pencil on paper

3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (10 x 7 cm)

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(Path in the Woods, Harz Mountains), 1918

Pencil on paper

6 3/16 x 4 1/16 in. (15.7 x 10.2 cm)

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Manor House in the Woods, Harz Mountains by Lyonel Feininger

(Manor House in the Woods, Harz Mountains), 1918
Pencil on paper

4 1/8 x 6 3/8 in. (10.3 x 16.2 cm) 

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Hunting Lodge Brunnenbach, Harz Mountains by Lyonel Feininger

(Hunting Lodge Brunnenbach, Harz Mountains), 1918

Pencil on paper

3 5/16 x 4 7/8 in. (8.5 x 12.5 cm) 

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House in the Woods, Harz Mountains by Lyonel Feininger

(House in the Woods, Harz Mountains), 1918
Pencil on paper

4 1/8 x 6 5/16 in. (10.3 x 16.1 cm)

 

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Hunting Lodge Brunnenbach, Harz Mountains by Lyonel Feininger

(Hunting Lodge Brunnenbach, Harz Mountains), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 5/16 x 4 7/8 in. (8.5 x 12.4 cm)
Dated lower left: Donnerst. 4. VII. 18

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The Hunter's Lodge by Lyonel Feininger

(The Hunter's Lodge), 1918
Woodcut on carbon-copy paper
Sheet: 8 5/8 x 11 in. (21.9 x 27.9 cm)

Image: 4 7/16 x 5 7/16 in. (11.2 x 13.8 cm)

Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger
Numbered lower center: 1827

Inscribed lower left: X

Prasse W 40

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(Village Church), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm)

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(View of Braunlage, Harz Mountains, with Sun), 1918
Pencil on paper
4 1/8 x 6 5/16 in. (10.3 x 16.1 cm)

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View of Braunlage, Harz Mountains, with St. Trinitatis Church by Lyonel Feininger

(View of Braunlage, Harz Mountains, with St. Trinitatis Church), 1918
Pencil on paper
4 1/8 x 6 3/8 in. (10.3 x 16.2 cm)

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Braunlage in the Harz Mountains with St. Trinitatis Church by Lyonel Feininger

(Braunlage in the Harz Mountains with St. Trinitatis Church), 1918
Pencil on paper
4 1/8 x 6 5/16 in. (10.3 x 16 cm)
Dated upper left: 11. VIII 18

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St. Trinitatis Church in Braunlage, Harz Mountains

(St. Trinitatis Church in Braunlage, Harz Mountains), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 15/16 x 6 1/4 in. (10 x 15.8 cm)

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(Town Hall Square), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (9.8 x 7 cm)

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(St. Trinitatis Church in Braunlage, Harz Mountains), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (10 x 7 cm)

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(Village), c. 1919
Pencil on paper
2 11/16 x 4 3/16 in. (6.8 x 10.6 cm)

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(Street), 1919
Pencil on paper
4 5/16 x 2 11/16 in. (10.8 x 6.8 cm)
Dated upper right: 20 VII 19

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(The Studio Window, Weimar), 1919

Pencil on paper

2 11/16 x 4 3/16 in. (6.8 x 10.6 cm)

Dated upper right: 21 VII 19

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(Figures in front of Church), 1919
Pencil on paper
4 1/8 x 2 11/16 in. (10.5 x 6.8 cm)
Dated lower right: 31 VII 19

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(Sick Child in Bed), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm)
Verso: (Rooftops)

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(Procession), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (10 x 7 cm)

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(Figures), 1918
Pencil on paper
2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.9 cm)
Dated upper center: 2. VIII. 18

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(Large Figure with Cane and Small Figures with Hats), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (10 x 7 cm)
Verso: (Large Figure with Cane and Small Figures with Hats)

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(Man with Horn and Child before Buildings), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (9.8 x 7 cm)

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(Man with Horn and Old Man with Cane), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (10 x 7 cm)

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(Old Shellbacks), 1918
Pencil on paper
3 7/8 x 6 3/16 in. (10 x 15.8 cm)

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(Cathedral), 1919
Woodcut on tissue paper
Sheet: 11 1/8 × 8 2/3 in. (28.2 x 22 cm)

Image: 7 1/8 × 4 13/16 in. (18 x 12.3 cm)
Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger
Numbered lower center: 1919

Prasse W 143 I

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Kathedrale (Cathedral), 1919
Woodcut on Japanese paper

Sheet: 12 × 9 1/2 in. (30.4 x 24.2 cm) 

Image: 7 × 4 1/2 in. (17.8 x 11.4 cm) 
Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger
Numbered lower center: 1919
Titled lower right: Kathedrale

State between Prasse W 143 II and W 143 III

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(Village Church), 1923
Woodcut on tissue paper

Sheet: 6 13/16 × 9 1/16 in. (17.3 x 23 cm)

Image: 3 3/8 × 5 3/8 in. (8.8 x 13.7 cm)


Prasse W 248

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Church, 1923
Woodcut on yellow Japanese Kozo paper
Sheet: 8 7/8 x 6 13/16 in. (22.5 x 17.3 cm)

Image: 5 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (13.6 x 9.2 cm)
Prasse W 247 I

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City at the Edge of the World, c. 1948-52

68 hand-carved and painted wooden figures, houses, animals, and a bridge
max. height 3 7/8 in. (10 cm)

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(Figures on the Seashore), 1911 

Crayon and pencil on paper 

7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (19.2 x 24 cm)

Dated lower left: Thurs. Aug. 10. 1911 

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Eisenbahner, 1915

(Railroad Workers)
Watercolor and ink on paper
9 3/8 x 12 11/16 in. (23.8 x 32.3 cm)
Inscribed and signed lower left: X L.F. Feininger 

Dated lower right: Freitag d. 26 Nov. 1915 

Titled lower center: EISENBAHNER

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(Bathers and Sea), 1916

Ink on paper

6 5/16 x 8 in. (15.9 x 20.3 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 3. VI. 16 

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(Quay with Four Figures), 1934

Ink on paper

8 x 11 5/16 in. (20.2 x 28.7 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1934

Dated lower left verso: 10 I 34

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(Six Figures), 1934

Ink on paper 

8 13/16 x 11 15/16 in. (22.4 x 30.2 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1934

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Figures, 1936

Watercolor and ink on paper

10 5/16 x 8 in. (26.2 x 20.2 cm )

Signed lower left: Feininger 

Dated lower right: 1936 

Titled lower center: Figures

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The Watch Tower, 1947

Watercolor and ink on paper
7 7/8 x 11 3/16 in. (20 x 28.3 cm)
Signed lower left: Feininger
Titled and dated verso on mount: “The Watch Tower” 1947
Inscribed and dated verso: “MERRY XMAS!” To Jeanne, from Papileo with much love. 1947

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Silhouettes, 1950

Watercolor and ink on paper 

7 13/16 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

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(Two Figures), c. 1950s

Watercolor and ink on paper

11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)

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Sympathetic Gallery Visitors, c. 1952
Watercolor, ink, and gold paint on paper
3 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (8.3 x 13.7 cm)
Titled upper center: Sympathetic Gallery visitors

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(Six Bathers), 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper

6 3/16 x 9 3/8 in. (15.7 x 23.8 cm)

Signed and dated lower right: Feininger 1954

Private Collection.

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(Four Dogs and One Owl), c. 1953
Watercolor and ink on paper
3 x 6 1/8 in. (7.6 x 15.6 cm)
Signed upper left: Feininger

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Merry Christmas, c. 1953

Watercolor and ink on paper

3 5/16 x 4 1/8 in. (8.3 x 10.5 cm)

Titled upper center (typewritten): M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S !

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(Six Figures), c. 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper

6 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. (16.2 x 25.9 cm)

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(Five Figures), c. 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper
3 x 6 1/8 in. (7.6 x 15.2 cm)

Signed upper left: Feininger

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(Four Figures), 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper
8 x 6 5/16 in. (20.3 x 15.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1954

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What’s the Big Idea, 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper
3 1/8 x 6 5/16 in. (8.6 x 15.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1954 

Titled lower center: WHAT’S THE Big Idea?

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(Five Figures), 1955
Watercolor and ink on paper
3 1/8 x 6 5/16 in. (7.9 x 15.9 cm)
Signed and dated upper left: Feininger ‘55

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(Three Figures), c. 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper
6 3/8 x 3 1/4 in. (16.2 x 8.3 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

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The Enchanted World of Lyonel Feininger

Our current exhibition, The Enchanted World of Lyonel Feininger, on view until January 31, 2020, includes a selection of intimate works created by Lyonel Feininger at various moments in his career that reveal his warmth and sense of humor. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 160 page, fully-illustrated catalogue with essays about these works by Sebastian Ehlert and Achim Moeller. The gallery will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the duration of the exhibition. We will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28 and will reopen on Monday, November 30 with our regular hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

In 1918, Feininger began to make pencil drawings of ships, seascapes and small figures with top hats, perhaps inspired by motifs he saw in Braunlage, a picturesque town in the Harz mountains. The artist translated many of these drawings into woodcuts. Fifty of these mostly unpublished, spontaneous drawings for woodcuts are exhibited at Moeller Fine Art alongside a collection of 68 hand-carved and painted wooden houses and figures and 15 "Ghosties," small watercolors that Feininger gave his family and friends on holidays and special occasions.

Beginning in 1919, Feininger took scraps of wood and made little characters and houses for his children and friends-- a tradition he continued until his last Christmas in 1955. These works were collectively referred to as the “City at the Edge of the World” by Feininger's youngest son, T. Lux. Over the years, the artist presented these 68 hand-carved and painted wooden figures, houses, animals and a bridge to Andreas, his eldest son, and Wysse, Andreas's wife, who treasured them and kept them together as a group. This is the largest grouping of such works that exists in a single collection, and is unique because all the toys were given directly to Andreas and Wysse.

Perhaps the most intimate of all of the works in this exhibition, however, are the “Ghosties,” created in the late 1940s and early 1950s, which offer a glimpse into Lyonel Feininger’s personal world. The gift of a "Ghostie" was an expression of affection from the artist, or from "Papileo," as he was addressed by his family and friends.

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