City Skyline. 1944. Watercolor and India ink. Signed in lower left, lower right dated and titled in center. Verso with the oval estate stamp. On laid paper. 23.8 x 31 cm (9.3 x 12.2 in) , size of sheet.
Achim Moeller, director of the Lyonel Feininger Project LLC, New York – Berlin, has confirmed the authenticity of this work. It is registered at the archive of the Lyonel Feininger Project with the number 1596-04-24-19.
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate. Private collection Southern Germany.
EXHIBITION: Lyonel Feininger: Recent Paintings, Watercolors, Buchholz Gallery, New York, January 29 – February 23, 1946, no. 21. Lyonel Feininger: Architecture Paris - New York, Willard Gallery, New York, March 1 – March 31, 1961, no. 11. Lyonel Feininger: A Retrospective, Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, April 10 – May 5, 1963, no. 43. Lyonel Feininger: Werke aus dem Nachlass, Amerika Haus Berlin, September 29 – October 28, 1964, no. 37.
"Currently I am working on a number of architectural >visions<.. New York as motif for the transcription into symbols of space and atmosphere.. New York is the world's most amazing city in terms of atmosphere, colors and contrasts.. In some of my works I tried out new techniques, graphic elements as lines in fields of strong colors. I had to come to the U.S. to free myself from the strict constraints of the straight and rigid line." Lyonel Feininger 1942, quote after: Hans Hess, Lyonel Feininger, W. Kohlhammer Verlag, Stuttgart 1959, p. 148