Based on a drawing Feininger had made of a street in Weimar the previous fall, this picture was completed in the artist’s Berlin studio during the winter of 1914-1915. Though faceted, fragmentary shapes in the house fronts, steeple, and sky recall the formal experiments of Picasso and Braque during their Analytic Cubist phase, Feininger used these devices to new expressive ends, suggesting the feeling of isolation and alienation he experienced as an American living in Germany during the First World War. In a letter to one of the picture’s early owners, Dr. Erich Rosenhain, the painter would later explain, “The exceedingly straight right-angle form of all objects in the picture, the elimination of natural perspective, and the unearthly colors are a direct consequence of my emotional state at that time, a result of the war.”
- Artist Name: Lyonel Feininger (American, 1871-1956)
- Title: Near the Palace
- Date: 1914-1915
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 39-5/8 x 31-1/2 in. (100.6 x 80 cm)
- Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
- Accession Number: M.2000.1.1.P
- Copyright: © Lyonel Feininger / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Sally Falk, Mannheim; sold 11 April 1918 to;
[Cassirer; sold 12 February 1919 to];
[Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover];
Dr. Erich Rosenhain, Hannover; by 1919;
Dr. Gertrud Rosenhain, New York; probably until 1969;
[Eva Lee Gallery, Great Neck, New York; sold to];
[R. N. Ketterer, Campione d’Italia];
The Norton Simon Foundation (F.1969.16.1.P), sold 2000 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.
- Galerie Der Sturm, 1917-09 to
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- Stiftung und Sammlung Sally Falk,no. 86 p. 118
- Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum,1989, p. 188
- Westheim, Paul, Das Kunstblatt, p. 245
- Lyonel Feininger, p. 5
- Einstein, Carl, Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, p. 390
- Barnett, Vivian Endicott, The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum,no. 008 pp. 32-34
- Hess, Hans, Lyonel Feininger,no. 150 p. 261
- Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best,2010, cat. 644 p. 322
- Ketterer, Roman Norbert, Moderne Kunst VI,no. 15 p. 30
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