The Harbor (Warship in the Harbor Entrance), Lyonel Feininger
Lyonel Feininger
The Harbor (Warship in the Harbor Entrance)
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Lyonel Feininger

The Harbor (Warship in the Harbor Entrance), 1918

Sheet 6 from the portfolio ‘Twelve Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger’


Blatt
242 x 303 mm
Druckstock
163 x 222 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut in black on Japanese laid paper (Mino copy paper)
Inventory Number
67994
Object Number
67994 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Feininger encountered Cubism and the art of Robert Delaunay in 1911. Both would prove to be important impulses in his striving to reproduce reality ‘inwardly transformed and crystallized’. The visual fragmentation of objects and their surroundings held great appeal for Feininger, as it did for Delaunay. The woodcut 'Harbour' of 1918 resolutely integrates air and light into the composition: narrow-ridged lines join to form a crystalline-like texture. The reductively depicted harbour scene merges with the ray-streaked sky.

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

Title
The Harbor (Warship in the Harbor Entrance)
Sheet 6 from the portfolio ‘Twelve Woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger’
Artist
Printer
Publisher
Part Number / Total
6 / 12 Holzschnitte sowie Holzschnitt-Titel
Edition
Eines von 50 Ex.
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Woodcut in black on Japanese laid paper (Mino copy paper)
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unterhalb der Darstellung links (mit Bleistift): Lyonel Feininger
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Prasse W 110
  • Feininger F. 1899

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 46C223 harbour
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 46C21 ships (in general)
  • 41A13 edifice, e.g.: public building, department store

Research and Discussion

Provenance

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

Information

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Last update

07.12.2022