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Lyonel Feininger: Seeing Is Everything!

Lyonel Feininger: Seeing Is Everything!

Lyonel Feininger

On July 17, 1871, Lyonel Feininger was born in New York City. In celebration of this anniversary of his birth, it is my pleasure to present Lyonel Feininger: "Seeing Is Everything!" A Small Retrospective of Drawings and Watercolors, an exhibition showcasing a selection of rare drawings and watercolors by this seminal artist.

The exhibition includes 45 works that Feininger made between 1908 and 1955. Together, they provide a fresh, comprehensive look at the range of his oeuvre by showing the development of his style and motifs, from his formative years in Paris to his success as a master at the Bauhaus to his return to his native New York in 1937.

While Feininger's paintings were often intellectual and rigorous, his drawings and watercolors were freer, more expressive of his curiosity and drive to experiment. Through his drawings and watercolors, he explored different approaches. He made playful figurative works like Paris (Newspaper Readers), 1908, Die Angler (The Anglers), 1915, and Men Working, 1910; geometric compositions like (Church in the Woods), 1952, and (Dunes), 1954; and fantastical late figure drawings, which he called “Ghosties.”

By providing an overview of five decades of his work in charcoal, ink, and watercolor, our small retrospective offers insight into Feininger’s growth as an artist. As he put it in a letter to his friend and fellow artist Alfred Kubin (1877–1959):
"Only our perceptions of objects in nature are mystical. Therefore we must have, and give, the form to express this mystical quality. The mere object is nothing; seeing is everything! And here I want to say that art can only progress with increasing understanding, with the inner growth of the artist."

– Achim Moeller

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Achim Moeller Ltd., founded in London in June 1972, moved to New York in October of 1984 as Moeller Fine Art Ltd. The gallery specializes in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century masterworks, and regularly organizes museum-quality exhibitions, including “From Daumier to Matisse: French Master Drawings from the John C. Whitehead Collection,” “Howard Wise: Exploring the New,” and “Between Friends: Giacomo Balla + Piero Dorazio,” “Lyonel Feininger + Mark Tobey.” Moeller Fine Art is the foremost gallery in the United States for works by German Expressionists and the Masters of the Bauhaus.

For nearly, fifty years, Achim Moeller, the gallery’s principal, has helped build important and substantial private and public collections that are coherent in concept, period, and quality. Moeller Fine Art also assists individuals and institutions with collection management, insurance valuation, tax and estate planning, and auction representation.

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Image Credit:

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) | (Mural Design for the 1st Class Dining Room of the SS Constitution), 1949 | Watercolor and ink on paper | 9 7/16 x 15 1/16 in. (24 x 38.3 cm) | Signed and dated lower left: Feininger, 1949 Inscribed lower left: to Lux

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Newspaper Readers)

1908

10 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (26 x 21 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Signed lower left: Feininger | Inscribed lower left: L.F. Paris

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Dorf (Village)

1923

11 x 15 in. (27.9 x 38.1 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Signed lower left: Feininger | Titled lower center: Dorf | Dated lower right: 24 Sept 1923 | Inscribed bottom left: X X

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) | (Newspaper Readers), 1908 | Watercolor and ink on paper | 10 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (26 x 21 cm) | Signed lower left: Feininger Inscribed lower left: L.F. Paris

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

The Watch Tower

1947

7 7/8 x 11 1/8 in. (20 x 28.3 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

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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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Church in the Woods)

1952

9 1/2 x 12 in. (24.1 x 30.5 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Signed lower left: Feininger | Dated lower right: 21. VI. ’52 | Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.

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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 Titled lower center: Dorf Dated lower right: 24 Sept 1923 Inscribed bottom left: X X

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Three-Masted Barque)

1945

7 3/4 x 10 15/16 in. (19.7 x 27.8 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Signed lower left: Feininger| Dated lower right: 5. 10. 45 | Inscribed bottom left: X 23. XI. 45 L.F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Quimper

1931

18 5/8 x 11 1/4 in. (47.3 x 28.6 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Signed lower left: Feininger | Titled lower center: Quimper | Dated lower right: 3 9 31 | Inscribed bottom left: X L. F.

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) | The Watch Tower, 1947 | Watercolor and ink on paper | 7 7/8 x 11 1/8 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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Die Angler (The Anglers)

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

1915

9 9/16 x 12 3/8 in. (24.3 x 31.4 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Dated lower right: November 1915 | Titled lower center: Die Angler | Inscribed bottom left: X L.F.

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Mural Design for the 1st Class Dining Room of the SS Constitution)

1949

9 7/16 x 15 1/16 in. (24 x 38.3 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger, 1949 | Inscribed lower left: to Lux

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Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Manhattan)

1955

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

Watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger 1955

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Three Figures and a Cat)

1953

4 3/4 x 6 in. (12.1 x 15.2 cm)

Watercolor and ink on paper

Signed and dated lower left: Feininger `53

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