We are pleased to present 33 drawings and watercolors by Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956), beginning with the first watercolors he made in 1908 in Paris, shortly after he decided to become an independent artist, and including his last works, made in New York in 1955.

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Pariser Strasse, 1915

(Paris Street)

Watercolor and ink on paper


11 9/10 x 8 8/9 in. (30.2 x 22.4 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: Dienst. d. 21. Dez. 1915

Titled lower center: PARISER STRASSE

Inscribed bottom left: X

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Pariser Strasse, 1915

(Paris Street)

Watercolor and ink on paper


11 9/10 x 8 8/9 in. (30.2 x 22.4 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: Dienst. d. 21. Dez. 1915

Titled lower center: PARISER STRASSE

Inscribed bottom left: X

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

Am Bahndamm, 1916

(On the Train Track)

Watercolor and ink on paper

9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (24.8 x 31.8 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: Dienstag d. 26 Sept. 1916 

Titled lower center: AM BAHNDAMM

Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

Am Bahndamm, 1916

(On the Train Track)

Watercolor and ink on paper

9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (24.8 x 31.8 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: Dienstag d. 26 Sept. 1916 

Titled lower center: AM BAHNDAMM

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Barque Against Blue Sky), 1938

Watercolor and ink on paper

6 7/8 x 9 in. (17.4 x 23 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 1938

Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Barque Against Blue Sky), 1938

Watercolor and ink on paper

6 7/8 x 9 in. (17.4 x 23 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 1938

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Paris (Newspaper Readers), 1908

Watercolor and ink on paper


10 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (26 x 21 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Inscribed bottom left: X PARIS L.F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)
Strassenpflasterer (Men Working), 1910

Ink and charcoal on paper

12 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (31.7 x 24.3 cm)

Signed lower right: Feininger

Dated bottom right: SUNDAY APR. 3. 10

Titled lower center: “Men Working” Strassenpflasterer

Inscribed bottom left: X X L.F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Pariser Strasse (Paris Street), 1915

Watercolor and ink on paper


11 9/10 x 8 8/9 in. (30.2 x 22.4 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: Dienst. d. 21. Dez. 1915

Titled lower center: PARISER STRASSE

Inscribed bottom left: X

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Niedergrunstedt VIII, 1916

Ink on paper

9 3/8 x 12 in. (23.8 x 30.5 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: Sonnabend d. 30 Sept 1916

Titled lower center: NiederGrunstedt VIII

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

Gaberndorf, 1918

Watercolor and ink on paper

9 1/3 x 12 1/8 in. (23.7 x 30.8 cm)

Inscribed and signed lower left: X Feininger 

Dated lower left: Mittwoch d. 9. Jan. 1918

Titled lower center: Gaberndorf

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

Am Bahndamm, 1916

(On the Train Track)

Watercolor and ink on paper

9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (24.8 x 31.8 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: Dienstag d. 26 Sept. 1916 

Titled lower center: AM BAHNDAMM

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

Gaberndorf, 1918
Watercolor and ink on paper 

9 3/8 x 12 1/8 in. (23.7 x 30.9 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: Mittwoch d. 9. Jan. 1918

Titled lower center: Gaberndorf

Inscribed lower left: X L.F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)
Greifenberg in Pommern, 1927

(Greifenberg in Pommerania)
Ink and charcoal on paper
11 1/4 x 16 1/8 in. (28.6 x 41 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 25 8 27

Titled lower center: Greifenberg i. P.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)
Linderbach, 1923
Ink on paper
11 x 12 3/4 in. (28 x 32.4 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 27. Juli 1928

Titled lower center: LINDERBACH

Inscribed lower left: X L.F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Viermast Bark, 1934

(Four-Masted Barque)

Ink on paper

10 x 13 5/16 in. (25.4 x 33.7 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1934

Titled lower right: viermast Bark

Inscribed bottom left: meinem lieben Andreas, von Papileo

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

Dorf, 1923

(Village)

Watercolor and ink on paper

11 x 15 in. (27.9 x 38.1 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 24 Sept 1923

Titled lower center: Dorf

Inscribed bottom left: X X

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)
Düne am Abend, 1928

(Dune at Evening)
Ink and charcoal on paper
11 1/4h x 16 in. (28.6 x 40.6 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 5 8 28

Titled lower center: Düne am Abend

Inscribed bottom left: X. L.F.

Inscribed bottom right: 20 X 36

Inscribed verso: Original Study for painting “Dune at Twilight”, 1944, Collection W. W. Norton

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Two Sailing Ships), 1935

Watercolor and ink on paper

7 5/8 x 10 5/16 in. (19.4 x 26.2 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 20. VI. 39

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

Quimper, 1931

Watercolor and ink on paper

18 5/8 x 11 1/4 in. (47.3 x 28.6 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 3 9 31

Titled lower center: Quimper

Inscribed bottom left: X L. F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Sonneruntergang am Strande, 1934

(Sunset on the Beach)

Ink on paper


10 x 13 5/16 in. (25.4 x 33.7 cm)

Signed and titled lower left: Feininger: Sonnenuntergang am Strande

Dated lower right: 29. 6. 34.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Smoke-Script), 1946

Watercolor and ink on paper

12 3/4 x 18 7/8 in. (32.4 x 47.9 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 14. VII. 46.

Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)
(St. Quenole), 1947
Watercolor and ink on paper
12 1/2 x 18 15/16 in. (31.8 x 48.1 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 28. VIII. 47.
Inscribed bottom left: X

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Barque Against Blue Sky), 1938

Watercolor and ink on paper

6 7/8 x 9 in. (17.4 x 23 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 1938

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Vollersroda, 1947

Watercolor and ink on paper

8 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (22.2 x 29.2 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1947

Titled lower right: “Vollersroda”

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Three Children on the Shore), 1949

Watercolor and ink on paper

12 5/8 x 18 3/4 in. (32.1 x 47.6 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1949

Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Village), 1952

Watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper

10 15/16 x 19 1/6 in. (27.8 x 48.7 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1952

Inscribed verso: to my dear Allo, from his old friend L.F., Cambridge, Mass, Aug 26. 1952

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Row of Houses and Trees by Night), 1952

Charcoal on Paper

9 1/8 x 12 1/8 in. (23.8 x 31.3 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 6. 9. ’52.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Dunes), 1954

Ink and charcoal on paper

12 1/4 x 19 in. (31.1 x 48.3 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1954

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)
(Composition: Vollersroda), 1955
Watercolor and ink on paper
9 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (23.5 x 31.8 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower reight: 15. VIII. `55

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Sun Over Sea), 1953

Ink wash and ink on paper


12 1/2 x 19 in. (31.8 x 48.3 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 8. VII. ‘53.

Inscribed lower left: X 17. 7. 53. L.F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Manhattan), 1952

Watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper

19 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (48.5 x 35.4 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

Dated lower right: 20. V. 52.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

(Manhattan), 1955

Watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper

13 x 9 1/2 in. (32.9 x 24.1 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1955

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Lyonel Feininger (1871—1956)

Viaduct, 1955

Watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper

9 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. (23.8 x 31.8 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 7. VII. ‘55

Titled lower right: Viaduct

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Sympathetic Gallery Visitors, c. 1952

Watercolor, gold paint, and ink on paper
3 x 5 1/2 in. (7.6 x 14 cm)

Titled upper center: Sympathetic Gallery Visitors.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Merry Christmas, c. 1953

Watercolor, gold paint, and ink on paper
3 5/16 x 4 1/8 in. (8.4 x 10.5 cm)

Inscribed upper center in typewriter: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Three Figures), c. 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper

6 9/16 x 3 1/4 in. (16.7 x 8.3 cm)

Signed lower left: Feininger

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Five Figures), 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper
3 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (7.9 x 15.6 cm)

Signed and dated upper left: Feininger

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

What's the Big Idea?, 1954

Watercolor and ink on paper
3 1/8 x 6 5/16 in. (7.9 x 16 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1954

Titled lower center: WHAT'S THE Big Idea?

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A Voyage through Artistic Ingenuity: Drawings and Watercolors by Lyonel Feininger, 1908–1955 - Viewing Room - Moeller Fine Art

Lyonel Feininger at the Easel, 1951

Photo: Andreas Feininger

Chronology

1871
Lyonel Feininger is born on July 17 in New York to Karl and Elizabeth Feininger; he is the first of three children.

1887
Leaves for Germany and starts studying at the General Vocational and Crafts School in Hamburg.

1888
Moves to Berlin and begins studying at the Royal Academy of Arts.

1892
Leaves the Academy and moves to Paris.

1893
Moves back to Berlin and starts working as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator.

1901
Marries Clara Fürst, birth of daughter Eleonora. 

1902
Birth of daughter Marianne.

1905
Meets Julia Berg (née Lilienfeld) and separates from his wife.

1906
Moves with Julia to Paris and their son Andreas is born. Works on two comic strips for The Chicago Sunday Tribune.

1907
Executes his first oil painting.

1908
Marries Julia in London, returns to Berlin.

1909
Birth of son Laurence.

1910
Birth of son Theodore Lux (T. Lux).

1911
Six paintings are shown at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris.

1913
Five paintings are shown at the Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon, organized by the Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin.

1917
First solo exhibition at the Galerie Der Sturm.

1919
Is appointed the first master of the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar.

1921
Composes his first fugue.

1926
Moves with the Bauhaus to Dessau as master without teaching duties.

1929
Works on a series of paintings for the City of Halle (Saale).

1931
Completes his Halle series. Retrospectives in Dresden, Essen, and at the Nationalgalerie in Berlin.

1934
Moves to Berlin-Siemensstadt.

1935
The National Socialists declare his art “degenerate.”

1936
Teaches a summer course at Mills College in Oakland, California.  

1937
Leaves Germany, teaches another summer course at Mills College and then settles in New York City.

1939
Works on murals for the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair.

1942
One of his paintings is awarded a purchase prize by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

1944
Retrospective with Marsden Hartley at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

1945
Teaches a summer course at Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina.

1956
Dies on January 13 in his New York apartment.

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