The Village Pond of Gelmeroda, Lyonel Feininger
Lyonel Feininger
The Village Pond of Gelmeroda
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Lyonel Feininger

The Village Pond of Gelmeroda, 1922


Dimensions
86.0 x 112.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2109
Acquisition
Acquired in 1967 as a donation from the Farbwerke Hoechst AG. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

A question of distance: from far away we see a landscape with houses reflected in the water, while close up we see only geometric structures which overlap and penetrate each other. The dematerialisation of the objects is one of Feininger's central artistic interests: "What we have seen must be reshaped and crystallised internally," wrote the artist, who was appointed to the Bauhaus by Walter Gropius in 1919. Gelmeroda, which today forms part of Weimar, inspired Feininger to numerous works in which he mystically heightened village subjects with Expressionist and Cubist forms.

About the Donation

In 1863 the Teerfarbenfabrik Meister, Lucius & Co. was founded in Hoechst am Main. It was to become one of the leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies in Germany: Hoechst. It was a founding-member of the syndicate dye industry, from which I.G. Farben emerged in 1925. After the Second World War, I.G. Farben was split into its founder companies and Hoechst AG was re-established. In 2004 it merged with the French company Sanofi-Synthélabo. This painting was a gift of the company on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Städel Museum in 1966.

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Title
The Village Pond of Gelmeroda
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Feininger 22

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 1967 as a donation from the Farbwerke Hoechst AG. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

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Secondary
  • 22C5 reflection (light in general)

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06.01.2020