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Village Street

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1927/29

Artist:

Lyonel Feininger
American, active Germany, 1871–1956

About this artwork

Lyonel Feininger—a cartoonist-turned-Expressionist painter—was the first instructor Walter Gropius hired to teach at the famed Bauhaus, a German art and design school that operated from 1919 to 1933. Buildings served as an apt visual metaphor for both the Bauhaus’s aesthetic and its goals of dissolving boundaries and uniting “everything in one structure.” Feininger was recognized as the leading exponent of this ideal, and he turned his attention to the architectural landscape during his time at the school. In Village Street, overlapping planes of transparent, crystalline shapes form a simultaneously hard-edged and ethereal vision of modern urban life.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Modern Art

Artist

Lyonel Feininger

Title

Village Street

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1927–1929

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, u.r.: "Feininger"

Dimensions

80.6 × 101 cm (31 3/4 × 39 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Kunstadter

Reference Number

1955.27

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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