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Lyonel Feininger

Sailboats (with Moon)

woodcut on Japan paper
1919
14,9 x 17,1 cm Darst. / 18,9 x 23,8 cm Blatt / 5 7/8 x 6 3/4
signed lower left

Throughout his life Feininger was interested in ships. He lived with his parents just two streets away from the New York port in a small German quarter in 53rd Street. In his youth he loved to hang around the piers and watch the hustle and bustle in the port. He knew all the large sailing boats and steamers on the East River and the Hudson by name. Ships excited his imagination. They made distant places reachable, brought back news and exotic freight and lured him into a world of adventure and exploration. This was why boats and ships, either departing or arriving, or on the high seas, recurred in Feininger's work until the very end of his life. Provenance available

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