Lyonel Feininger

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    Tusche, Kohle auf Papier, 23,8 x 30,8 cm

Lyonel Feininger was born in New York in 1871. His family moved to Germany in 1887. From 1888 onwards he studied at the Art school at Hamburg, then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin and later at Collège Saint Servais in Lüttich. He went study tours to the Baltic coast at regular intervals In 1906 he moved to Paris and studied at the Academy Colarossi. In 1909 he joined the artist group Berliner Secession. During that time he organized his first exhibitions and group shows. In 1918 he moved to the Resin region. From 1919 onwards he was teaching at the Bauhaus. Together with Kandinsky, Klee and Jawlensky, he founded the artist group Die blauen Vier in 1924. Due to political unrest, Feininger finally returned to New York. He died in New York in 1956. At the age of 36, he turned to painting. Prior to his career as an artist, he worked as cartoonist and illustrator at various publishers and newspapers. He was very self-critical and developed his own distinctive style, deriving from his cartoons. In his paintings, the objects are abstracted very geometrically. The strength and expression in his pictures influenced many artists. His Bauhaus period especially, was very important.