Rainy Day at the Seaside, Lyonel Feininger
Lyonel Feininger
Rainy Day at the Seaside
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Lyonel Feininger

Rainy Day at the Seaside, 1937

310 x 486 mm
Physical Description
Pen in black and watercolour in blue and ochre over black pencil (?) on laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17888 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In June 1937, Feininger emigrated to New York. The fact that he gave this work an English title suggests that he carried out 'Rainy Day at the Seaside' after arriving in the U.S. The motif, however, was one that had already long preoccupied him, as had the angular pen-drawn lines and fine parallel strokes. Here they provide the watercolour with structure. The motif is based on landscape sketches the artist had made during his numerous stays on the Baltic Sea coast from 1891 onwards. In comparable manner, if an entirely different medium, the artist had already depicted the motif in 1918 in the woodcut 'Rainy Day at the Beach' (Inv. SG 4009L).

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

Rainy Day at the Seaside (Original Title)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pen in black and watercolour in blue and ochre over black pencil (?) on laid paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links (mit der Feder in Schwarz): Feininger; betitelt und datiert unten rechts: Rainy Day at the Seaside 1937
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 25H133 beach
  • 26B rain
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 26A clouds
  • 31 man in a general biological sense

Research and Discussion


Object History
Galerie Großhennig, Düsseldorf
verkauft an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1957
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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