- Lyonel Feininger
- Sternenschiff II (Ship of Stars II)
- signed Feininger (lower left); signed Feininger, titled and dated 1937 on the stretcher
- oil on canvas
- 50.5 by 72.5cm.
- 19 7/8 by 28 1/2 in.
T. Lux & Patricia Feininger, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sold: Kunstkabinett Ketterer, Stuttgart, 3rd & 4th May 1962, lot 96)
Private Collection, Germany (purchased at the above sale)
Thence by descent to the present owner
Andover, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Paintings, Water Colors, Drawings and Wood Cuts by Lyonel Feininger, 1938, no. 17
New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Lyonel Feininger, Marsden Hartley, 1944-45
Poughkeepsie, Vassar College Art Gallery; Boston, Boston Symphony Orchestra Hall; Amherst, Amherst College; San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Art; St. Louis, City Art Museum of St. Louis; St. Paul, St. Paul Gallery and Art School; Fort Worth, Fort Worth Museum Art Association; Buffalo, Albright Art Gallery; Tulsa, Philbrook Art Center & Louisville, J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, Lyonel Feininger, 1945-46
San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lyonel Feininger and Jacques Villion, 1947
Memphis, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery; New Orleans, Tulane University; Winston-Salem, Public Library of Winston-Salem; Georgetown, Southwestern University; Louisville, J.B. Speed Art Museum; Exeter, Phillips Exeter Academy; Winter Park, The Morse Gallery of Art, Rollins College; Richmond, Richmond Artists Association; Moorhead, Concordia College; Gainesville, University of Florida; Savannah, Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences & Chattanooga, Hunter Gallery of Art, Three Modern Painters: Beckmann, Feininger, Hartley, 1955-57, no. 9
Karin Zaugg, 'Die Blaue Vier - Briefe', in Vivian Endicott Barnett & Josef Helfenstein (eds.), Die Blaue Vier: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, Klee in der Neuen Welt, Bern, 1997, mentioned pp. 317-318
Hans Schulz-Vanselow, Lyonel Feininger und Pommern, Kiel, 1999, mentioned p. 287
Achim Moeller (ed.), Years of Friendship, 1944-1956. The Correspondence of Lyonel Feininger and Mark Tobey, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2006, mentioned pp. 40-41
Hess further discusses this work in the larger context of Feininger’s œuvre: ‘The Ship of Stars II is closely related to the many fantastic “children’s drawings,” as he called them himself, of the years 1918 and 1919. […] The Ship of Stars links Feininger’s magic fantasy of his early years with his late work. One might, in the Ship of Stars, see a forerunner of Feininger’s late style or one might think of it as the link that connects the young painter with his later self. A truly magic quality will appear in paintings much later in his life. The Ship of Stars still stands alone’ (ibid., p. 132).
Additional information for this catalogue entry has been provided by The Lyonel Feininger Project LLC, New York - Berlin.