Off the Coast

Accession Number

Off the Coast

Lyonel Feininger

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

9 1/8 in x 14 3/4 in (23.18 cm x 37.47 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 71.28 cm);13 3/16 in x 19 in (33.5 cm x 48.26 cm);9 1/8 in x 14 3/4 in (23.18 cm x 37.47 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke

Subject matter
Feininger often depicted ships at sea. In addition to this print, there was his 1917 Ships, his 1920 Ships (with Man on a Pier) (Schiffe [mit Mann auf einer Mole]), his 1937 Ships at Harbor Wharf (Schiffe am Hafenquai), and 1946 Sailing Ship. Feininger's career as an artist included drawing carictures for magazines, printmaking, painting, and photography (towards the end of his career). 

Although born in New York, German American artist Lyonel Feininger moved back to Germany in 1887. Feninger hoped to develop a career in music, but once in Germany he decided to study drawing instead. Feininger was inspired by Cubism and German Expressionism. In 1918, Feininger met Walter Gropius (founder of Bahaus school), and shortly thereafter Feininger became the school's first form master and head of its print workshop. 

Physical Description
This is a black and white abstracted view of a ship with white sails. Most of the area around the ship is shaded, except for a beam of light that cuts diagonally across the print from top left to bottom right.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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black-and-white (colors)
modern and contemporary art
sailing ships

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