Lyonel Feininger:
Picture 'Draisine-Riders' (1910)


Lyonel Feininger:
Picture 'Draisine-Riders' (1910)

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Limited, 500 copies | Collotype on handmade cardboard | Solid wood framing | Passé-partout | Format 81 x 92 cm

Lyonel Feininger: Picture 'Draisine-Riders' (1910)

The early work of the Bauhaus masters and the unique witness of the time: the motor cars were the dandy horses, the forerunners of bicycles, that at the end of the 19th century were especially popular._x000D_

Original: oil on canvas, in private ownership._x000D_


Original collotype in 8 colors on handmade cardboard. Limited edition of 500 copies. In a sophisticated solid wood frame with diagonal cut passé-partout. Format 81 x 92 cm._x000D_



In the Collotype Printing Workshop Museum in Dresden these graphic resources were created for the experts and the lovers of the outstanding image quality. Only a few printing studios in the world have mastered the difficult collotype technique: this more than 130-year-old method is considered to be one of the finest in the graphics world. Collotype makes the halftones possible, whereas the image is not broken down into dots. Each shade is transmitted in a separate printing. The result is a grid-free facsimile of the original with the brilliantly true color. Due to the complexity of the procedure and the fact that only a very limited edition of motives can be printed, collotype is now practically no longer found and is a big rarity on the graphics market._x000D_

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Lyonel Feininger is known for its Cubism and the art of Robert Delaunay's excited road, cities and ship representations that are made of prismatic broken forms.

The painter and graphic artist was born in 1871 in New York, son of German musicians. At the age of 16 he had joined his parents at a concert tour for the first time in Germany and remained there to study applied arts at Hamburg school and later at the Royal Academy in Berlin. After studying in Paris, he lived and worked for many years in Germany, where he was close to the artist group "Blue Rider" and since 1919 coined as master for the graphic arts workshops, at "Bauhaus" in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin.

Feininger, carried out most clearly in addition to Schlemmer, the fine ideal of the Bauhaus. For him, the starting point is not the human figure, but the architecture, the strict geometric design of the forms, that he witnessed in the Gothic style churches. His studies of German town’s architecture justified his light-flooded, prismatic style that should be a model for many.

Feininger first focused on German urban landscapes and churches. In the time of National Socialism Feininger's works were officially classified as "degenerate", which led him to return to New York City in 1937. There, he create his famous impressions of the architecture of Manhattan and New York City.

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