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Lyonel Feininger

Vier Segler (Four Sailboats) & Dreimastbarke (Three Ships)

Property from an Important Private Collection, Germany

Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger

Vier Segler (Four Sailboats) & Dreimastbarke (Three Ships)

Vier Segler (Four Sailboats) & Dreimastbarke (Three Ships)

Lyonel Feininger

1871 - 1956

Vier Segler (Four Sailboats) - recto

Dreimastbarke (Three Ships) - verso

signed Feininger (lower left), dated i9.vii.45 (lower right) and inscribed to Curt, from Lyonel (lower left)

pen and ink, gouache and watercolour on paper (recto)

pen and ink on paper (verso)

19.4 by 28cm., 7⅝ by 11 in.

Framed: 36.5 by 45 cm., 14¼ by 17¾ in.

Executed in 1945.

Achim Moeller has confirmed the authenticity of this work. The work is registered in the archives of the Lyonel Feininger Project LLC, New York under no. 1118-12-12-11. 

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Private Collection, Canada

Sale: Sotheby’s, London, 9th February 2012, lot 334

Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Fort Dodge, Blanden Memorial Art Gallery & Oxford; Miami University Art Museum, A Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Works of Art on Paper by Paul Klee and Lyonel Feininger, 1980-1981, no. 42

Lyonel Feininger was influenced by the works of Robert Delaunay and the Parisian avant-garde, and exhibited with the Blauer Reiter in 1913, with his own Cubo-Expressionist style recalling architectural and nautical structures. He had a great affinity to sailing boats, ships and nautical subjects. 

The present work from 1945 is an impressive example of his capacity to create a fascinating even romantic atmosphere with a nautical image. The work captivates the viewer with his deliberate sketchiness as well as with his inexact style and free application of colours.  

His works are featured in major international museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philips Collection, Washington and the Kunstmuseum Basel among many others.