EXPOSITION DES MEMBRES
MOELLER FINE ART
THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF LYONEL FEININGER
Beginning in 1919, Feininger took scraps of wood and made little characters and houses for his children and friends-- a tradition he continued until his last Christmas in 1955. These works were collectively referred to as the “City at the Edge of the World” by Feininger's youngest son, T. Lux. Over the years, the artist presented these 68 hand-carved and painted wooden figures, houses, animals and a bridge to Andreas, his eldest son, and Wysse, Andreas's wife, who treasured them and kept them together as a group. This is the largest grouping of such works that exists in a single collection, and is unique because all the toys were given directly to Andreas and Wysse.
Perhaps the most intimate of all of the works in this exhibition, however, are the “Ghosties,” created in the late 1940s and early 1950s, which offer a glimpse into Lyonel Feininger’s personal world. The gift of a "Ghostie" was an expression of affection from the artist, or from "Papileo," as he was addressed by his family and friends.
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