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Mellingen IV, 1916

Lyonel Feininger

American, 1871-1956
Watercolor, gouache and India ink on laid paper
9-5/8 x 12-1/2 in. (24.4 x 31.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
P.1953.222
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The buildings and figures have the same nervous, expressive lines that Feininger used in his earlier etched works. His color was applied sparingly, on a wet ground, to achieve the soft, atmospheric effects. Mellingen is a Thuringian village near Weimar. The inscription in the lower left reads: "Das Dichten ist schwer, das Malen um so mehr" [Poetry is difficult, painting more so].

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