Windmühle, Lyonel Feininger
Lyonel Feininger
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Lyonel Feininger

Windmühle, 1919

Aus der Jahresgabe der Verbindung zur Förderung deutscher Kunst

407 x 525 mm
255 x 305 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut in black on Japanese laid paper
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67995 D
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 this woodcut of 1919, the windmill at the centre divides the sky into two zones: a dense black contrasts with generously cut-away expanses of white—to the left a deep darkness relieved by only a few slivers of light, to the right the sunshine borne forth in all directions by concentric lines. Feininger had already observed this fleeting light phenomenon in Swinemünde on the Baltic Sea back in 1911 and captured it in a drawing (private holdings). It made such a lasting impression on him that he returned to the motif repeatedly in different mediums.

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.

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