Fri Sep 23rd, 2005 at 01:07:32 AM EST
Now, as you all know, I love bridges, and I love art as well. so this week it is an artist, Lyonel Feininger, an American who came to Europe on order of his parents in 1887, when he was just 16. And I am showing some of his bridge paintings
Here are the earlier Bridge Blogs:
Activities on Brooklyn Bridge
Bridge of Alcántara
(Sept 8th)Tyne Swing Bridge
(Sept 1st)Muengstener Bruecke
(Aug 25th)Mostar Bridge
Feininger, when he arrived in Berlin, rather then study music, started to draw cartoons. He published them in the States in the Chicago Chronicle and in other newspapers. I saw his work first, while studying in Leipzig and visiting Museums in Halle. He painted alot in Halle/Saale, where he lived for a while. Some of my favorite paintings by him are of the Marktkirche in Halle. Most of his famous paintings are from Thuringen and other East Germany areas. While he was starting out as a caricaturist, painting still-lifes, by 1912 he had made contact with the "Die Bruecke", Cubists and his work showed an impact of surrealist influences.
He was part of the Nazi Exhibition "Entartete Kunst" in 1937. The Nazi's had real good taste, they put all my favourite Artists into one big exhibition. Not unsurprisingly the exhibition was a huge success and proved to be very popular.
Feininger had already returned to the States at that point. Having his teaching permission revoked and being kicked out of the academy of fine art, he decided to stay state-side after a lecturing trip. He died after the war in 1956.