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Lyonel Feininger

Yellow Street II

Artist

Lyonel Feininger
New York 1871 – New York 1956

Title

Yellow Street II

Date

1918

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

95 x 86.1 cm

Credits

Purchase, gift of the Maxwell Cummings Family Foundation, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Volunteer Association, John G. McConnell, C.B.E., Mr. and Mrs. A. Murray Vaughan, Harold Lawson Bequest, and Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, inv. 1971.35

Collection

Western Art

Lyonel Feininger left New York for Germany at the age of sixteen to study music, but soon realized that art instead was his professional calling. It was only after he had established a distinguished career as a caricaturist, printmaker and painter that he returned to the United States in 1937. His formative years included stays in Belgium and France, and he remained in Germany throughout World War I. Although Feininger’s art in general did not explicitly reference the world conflict, the presence here of the Belgian flag may allude to the effort of the Allies – now including his native America – entering the German-occupied Belgium in August 1917. From a formal perspective, Yellow Street demonstrates the profound impact Cubism had on the artist’s style, although Feininger assimilated its faceted surface into his distinctive rhythmic idiom, which he described as “Prismism.”

© The Lyonel Feininger Family LLC / SOCAN (2021)

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