Lyonel Feininger - In a Village Near Paris

Lyonel Feininger
In a Village Near Paris (Street in Paris, Pink Sky), 1909
Oil on canvas, 39 ¾ x 32 in. (101 x 81.3 cm)
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City
(gift of Owen and Leone Elliott 1968.15)
© Lyonel Feininger Family, LLC./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Most important retrospective of Lyonel Feininger in US

'Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World' shows the achievements of Lyonel Feininger, one of the most important figures of the Bauhaus. At the Whitney Museum of American Art from June 30 to October 16, 2011

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) was born and raised in New York City, but he moved to Berlin in 1887, and studied at the Königliche Akademie Berlin. He became an important member of the Expressionist groups "Die Blaue Reiter", the "Novembergruppe" and "Die Brücke". Later, he taught at the Bauhaus for several years, and he designed the cover of the Bauhaus manifesto. After the Nazi Party came to power in 1933, Feininger returned to New York

Although Feininger is most often considered a German artist, he was also one of the most popular artist in the United States in his time. He worked as a cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune from 1906-07. The exhibition catalogue notes that "(Feininger’s) complex and contradictory allegiances —to American ingenuity and lack of pretension on the one hand, and to German respect for tradition and learning on the other— rendered him an outsider in both countries". Even though he lived in Germany for fifty years, he never relinquished his American citizenship.

The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph book, with an overview essay by Whitney curator Barbara Haskell.

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