Mellingen IV

Mellingen IV
Artist:
Lyonel Feininger (American, 1871-1956)
Date:
1916
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache and India ink on laid paper 
Dimensions:
9-5/8 x 12-1/2 in. (24.4 x 31.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
P.1953.222 
Copyright:
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
Not on View
Description

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].

Provenance:

Lyonel and Julia Feininger, Weimar, gift 1924 to;
Galka Scheyer;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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