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Lyonel Feininger, Photographer

March-April 2012

<i>Untitled</i> (Night View of Trees and Streetlamp, Burgkühnauer Allee, Dessau), 1928

Untitled (Night View of Trees and Streetlamp, Burgkühnauer Allee, Dessau), 1928

Image courtesy of the Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources, Harvard Art Museums © 2011 President and Fellows of Harvard College

<i>Bauhaus,</i> March 26, 1929

Bauhaus, March 26, 1929

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<i> Untitled</i> (Second Avenue El from Window of 235 East 22nd Street, New York), 1939

Untitled (Second Avenue El from Window of 235 East 22nd Street, New York), 1939

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<i>Drunk with Beauty,</i> 1932

Drunk with Beauty, 1932

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<i>Untitled</i> (Lux Feininger, Deep an der Rega), 1932

Untitled (Lux Feininger, Deep an der Rega), 1932

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<i>Untitled</i> (Street Scene, Double Exposure, Halle), 1929–30

Untitled (Street Scene, Double Exposure, Halle), 1929–30

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<i>Untitled</i> (Trees and Shadows, Burgkühnauer Allee, Dessau), April 1, 1929

Untitled (Trees and Shadows, Burgkühnauer Allee, Dessau), April 1, 1929

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Halle Market with the Church of St. Mary and the Red Tower, 1929–30

Halle Market with the Church of St. Mary and the Red Tower, 1929–30

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“Negative=Positive,” August 14, 1954

“Negative=Positive,” August 14, 1954

Image courtesy of the Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources, Harvard Art Museums © 2011 President and Fellows of Harvard College

<i>Untitled</i> (Beach Scene), July 17, 1911

Untitled (Beach Scene), July 17, 1911

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<i>Big News!,</i> January 1, 1909

Big News!, January 1, 1909

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“Feux Follets,” 1940

“Feux Follets,” 1940

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<i>Bicycle Race,</i> 1912

Bicycle Race, 1912

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<i>Untitled</i> (Four Figures), 1935

Untitled (Four Figures), 1935

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<i>Untitled</i> (Ribnitz), November 1937

Untitled (Ribnitz), November 1937

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<i>Untitled </i> (Block Houses, Grey), January 1, 1955

Untitled (Block Houses, Grey), January 1, 1955

Image courtesy of the Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources, Harvard Art Museums, © 2011 President and Fellows of Harvard College

American-born Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) was an illustrator and cartoonist active in Germany who in 1907 gave up his commercial work and rose to prominence as an artist who exhibited with the expressionists. Much of his formal work was heavily influenced by cubism, to which he was exposed in Paris in 1911. His resulting “prismatic” style was applied most frequently to architectural subjects—in 1919, Walter Gropius chose Feininger as his first appointment to the teaching staff of the Weimar Bauhaus—but also to figures and seascapes. Though best known for his drawings and watercolors, Feininger took up photography at the age of 57, going out at night to experiment with avant-garde photographic techniques. A selection of his rarely seen photographs, along with drawings and watercolors, will be on display from March 30 to June 2 at the Sackler Museum, and an online collection of his photographic works is accessible at www.harvardartmuseums.org/feiningerphotographs.

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