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Castle Church

Accession Number
2008/2.356

Title
Castle Church

Artist(s)
Lyonel Feininger

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1918

Medium & Support
woodcut on yellow Japanese Kozo paper

Dimensions
16 7/8 in x 19 in x 1 in (42.86 cm x 48.26 cm x 2.54 cm);8 5/8 in x 11 1/8 in (21.91 cm x 28.26 cm);33 7/8 in x 19 in x 1 in (86.04 cm x 48.26 cm x 2.54 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Gilbert M. Frimet

Subject matter
Likely created during his time at the Bauhaus, this woodcut is characteristic of the cubo-expressionist woodcuts that he began creating in the early nineteen-teens. Feininger was particularly interested in architecture and especially treasured the gothic architectural style. In this print, he activated the simple cityscape with the dynamic diagonal lines of the background that transverse and intersect the buildings.

Physical Description
This woodcut print has a small rectangular scene at the center depicting a large building. Thick lines in triangular patterns and patches make up the background of the scene. The print is signed (l.rl.) "Lyonel Feininger" in pencil by the artist. There is also a notation in pencil (l.c.) "T811a" and a stamp in black (l.r.) "Feininger Estate / G W No 30". 

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
cityscape

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Cubist
German (culture or style)
woodcuts (prints)

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