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Lyonel Feininger

German painter, illustrator, and teacher, active Germany and United States

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Feininger's highly personal style was influenced by Delaunay and Cubism. He moved to Germany in 1887 and enrolled in art classes at the Allgemeinen Gewerbeschule in Hamburg, after which he left for Berlin in 1888 and studied painting at the Royal Academy (Berlin, Germany) from 1888 to 1892. In 1892 and 1906 he attended the art school in Paris run by Filippo Colarossi. From either 1893 to ca. 1907 or 1895 to 1914, Feininger produced illustrations for the journals Ulk, The Chicago Tribune and Le Témoin. He returned to painting in 1907 and was a member of the Berlin Secession from 1909 to 1913 and exhibited with the Blaue Reiter in 1913. He was appointed a Master at the Bauhaus, Weimar, in 1919 and directed the graphic workshop. In 1925 or 1926, Feininger moved to the Bauhaus, Dessau, and continued as a Master until ca. 1932 or 1933 but no longer taught classes. He was the only person to be on staff at the Bauhaus from start to finish. In 1936, Feininger left for New York and a year later, in Germany, his work was declared degenerate by the Nazis. He conducted a course at Mills College (Oakland, California) in either 1936 or from 1936 to 1937. From 1938 to 1939, he designed murals for the Marine Transportation Building and Masterpieces of Art Building at the 1939 New York World's Fair. He was elected president of the Federation of American Painters and Sculptors in 1947 and continued painting until his death in 1956. American painter.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500115308.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Lyonel Feininger:

Lyonel Feininger Little Church (Süssenborn, near Weimar in Thuringia), 1924 Woodcut on laid paper
Lyonel Feininger Gelmerode Church (Gelmeroda), 1920 Woodcut on laid paper
Lyonel Feininger Old Sailing Vessel (Altes Hansa Schiff), 1919 Woodcut on possibly Japanese paper
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