Lyonel Feininger is born on July 17 in New York to Karl and Elizabeth Feininger; he is the first of three children.
Leaves for Germany and starts studying at the General Vocational and Crafts School in Hamburg.
Moves to Berlin and begins studying at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Leaves the Academy and moves to Paris.
Moves back to Berlin and starts working as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator.
Marries Clara Fürst, birth of daughter Eleonora.
Birth of daughter Marianne.
Meets Julia Berg (née Lilienfeld) and separates from his wife.
Moves with Julia to Paris and their son Andreas is born. Works on two comic strips for The Chicago Sunday Tribune.
Executes his first oil painting.
Marries Julia in London, returns to Berlin.
Birth of son Laurence.
Birth of son Theodore Lux (T. Lux).
Six paintings are shown at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris.
Five paintings are shown at the Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon, organized by the Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin.
First solo exhibition at the Galerie Der Sturm.
Is appointed the first master of the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar.
Composes his first fugue.
Moves with the Bauhaus to Dessau as master without teaching duties.
Works on a series of paintings for the City of Halle (Saale).
Completes his Halle series. Retrospectives in Dresden, Essen, and at the Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
Moves to Berlin-Siemensstadt.
The National Socialists declare his art “degenerate.”
Teaches a summer course at Mills College in Oakland, California.
Leaves Germany, teaches another summer course at Mills College and then settles in New York City.
Works on murals for the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair.
One of his paintings is awarded a purchase prize by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Retrospective with Marsden Hartley at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Teaches a summer course at Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina.
Dies on January 13 in his New York apartment.