Years of friendship, 1944-1956: the correspondence of Lyonel Feininger and Mark Tobey

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Hatje Cantz, 2006 - Art - 261 pages
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This expanded and updated edition of an in-demand, out-of-print title includes over 80 letters written between artists Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) and Mark Tobey (1890-1976), from the time of their first meeting in 1944 to Feininger's death in 1956. An essay by Peter Selz, entitled "Parallel Visions," offers an introduction to the artists' friendship, and a chronology further clarifies their intersecting lives. Two brief reciprocal catalogue essays--one by Feininger about Tobey, and one by Tobey about Feininger--conclude the volume. Several paintings discussed in the letters are reproduced as color plates, along with a selection of the letters themselves.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
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Lyonel Feininger and Mark Tobey Peter Selz 27 Correspondence 19441956
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Two Essays
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About the author (2006)

Born in New York to German Jewish parents in 1871, Lyonel Charles Adrian Feininger studied art in Munich. He began his career as a political cartoonist, and then a strip cartoonist, but began painting upon his arrival in Paris in 1907. He met Robert Delaunay and was influenced by the Cubism and Orphism movements. He joined the Blaue Reiter group in 1913 and was a colleague of Kandinsky while teaching at the Bauhaus in Weimar and in Dessau. When the Nazis rose to power, Feininger returned to the United States and helped found the New Bauhaus in Chicago. He died in New York City in 1956.

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