Lyonel Feininger/Andreas Feininger: The Modern Sea, The Modern City

Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the Collection

Lyonel Feininger was a major early 20th-century German Expressionist painter, draftsman, and printmaker who in the 1920s taught at the progressive Bauhaus school of art, design, and architecture in Weimar, and then Dessau, Germany. His son Andreas Feininger concurrently studied at the Bauhaus, focusing on architecture and later becoming a renowned photographer of mid-20th century New York City.

German by ancestry, American by nationality, and fully trans-Atlantic in life experience, both artists perhaps not surprisingly created work featuring the globe-spanning subjects of oceans, ships, cities, and skies. This exhibition compares and contrasts the visions of these two artists who depicted similar elements of their different worlds in entirely different media, but with the same effect of uniquely contributing to the advance of 20th-century Modernism and its forms and ideas.

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