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Moeller Fine Art

New York, US

Thank you for visiting our viewing room at the IFPDA Fair Spring 2022 Online Edition. This year, we’re excited to feature a rare collection of woodcuts and preparatory drawings that Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) made between 1911 and 1937. The artist cherished these pristine works, most of which were drawn from his personal collection.

Feininger began making woodcuts in the spring of 1918. In the summer of that year, he and his family went on vacation to the scenic town of Braunlage in the Harz Mountains. The bucolic setting stimulated his work on his new medium.

Feininger was inspired by the natural surroundings of the Harz Mountains and their magnificent spruce trees. His subjects also emerged from his imagination and pictures his children made. He prepared for his woodcuts by making small pencil drawings on a sketchpad, producing inventive sketches of ships, trains, and hunting lodges. Feininger was so sure of these compositions that he promptly carved many of their motifs into wooden blocks. By the end of 1918, he had completed an impressive 117 woodblocks.

Feininger conveyed his ardent preoccupation with the medium in a letter to his friend, Alfred Kubin, in March 1919, writing, “I have hardly painted at all, nor made any drawings. The only thing I have done is take up woodcuts....This technique gives me so much pleasure and I just dropped everything else. But now it’s time for me to move forward enthusiastically with painting!”

This concentrated period of making woodcuts was instrumental in helping Feininger return to painting and drawing with renewed vigor. His engagement with woodcuts helped him to work out difficult aesthetic questions and became a crucial step in his artistic growth.


MOELLER FINE ART:

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 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. 

For further information, please contact +1 212 644 2133 or office@moellerfineart.com. To view highlights from the exhibition or to learn more about the artist, please visit our website.


Please, note that prints are sold together with related drawings.

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Installation Rendering of 1 Woodcut and 9 Preparatory Drawings for Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger

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"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."

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) to Alfred Kubin (1877–1959), September 28, 1916

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Railroad Viaduct)

1919

Sheet: 15 x 19 1/2 in. (38.1 x 49.5 cm) | Image: 13 1/8 x 16 3/4 in. (33.3 x 42.5 cm)

Woodcut on yellow Kozo paper

Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger | Numbered lower center: 1941 | Inscribed lower left: ♀ [inverted] X | Prasse W 163

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Bridge)

1911

8 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. (20.6 x 23.8 cm)

Ink on paper

Signed and dated lower right: Feininger 1911

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Paris Houses)

1918

Sheet: 14 7/8 x 19 5/8 (37.8 x 49.8 cm) | Image: 13 1/8 x 15 3/16 in. (33.2 x 38.7 cm)

Woodcut on paper

Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger | Prasse W 76

Installation Rendering of 1 Woodcut and 9 Preparatory Drawings for Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) | (Set of 29 Preparatory Drawings for Woodcuts), 1918/1919 | Pencil on paper | Each drawing c. 2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 10 cm)

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

Kirche (Zirchow VII, No. 1)

1918

Sheet: 14 3/16 x 19 in. (37.1 x 48.3 cm) | Image: 11 x 13 3/16 in. (27.9 x 34.6 cm)

Woodcut on tissue paper

Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger | Numbered lower center: 18101a | Titled lower right: Kirche | Inscribed lower left: X II Zustand | Prasse W 111 II

Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956)

(Desolated Village with Sunburst)

1918

Image: 4 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (11.5 x 10.5 cm)

Woodcut on thin, cream laid Japan paper

Signed lower left: Lyonel Feininger | Numbered lower center: 1820 b | Prasse W 31

Installation Rendering of 1 Woodcut and 9 Preparatory Drawings for Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger

Moeller Fine Art

New York, US

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