Art Art &Comic Art &Illustration 25 Jan 2011 08:29 am

Lyonel Feininger – 3 & The Oscar Nominations

- I had planned to post some examples of Feininger’s second comic strip, Wee Willie Winkie, this week. However, Bill Peckmann surprised me with more of his fine art. This is all from 1908, just two years after he left the strip behind. Most of these images are done with some form of crayon on paper, rather than oil on canvas.

The show was one that was held at the Achim Moeller Fine Art gallery in New York.

This is the catalogue’s cover.

A self portrait opposite the title page.

A foreward to the catalogue by gallery owner, Achim Moeller.

Two Figures, 1908

Promenade, 1908

Two Figures, 1908

Street Scene, 1908

The Miller and His Child, Heringsdorf, 1908

Masks, Gelmeroda, 1908

Figures Seated on Beach Overlooking Town, 1908

Workmen, 1908

Railway 1909

Train 1909

Railroad Men, Zehlendorf 1908

Railway Scene, 1908

Steam Train, 1908

Railroad Scene, 1908

Grotesque Scene with Six Figures, 1908

Study for Carnival in Gelmeroda, 1908


The 2011 Oscar nominations were just revealed. The nominations for Best Animated Short include:

* “Day & Night” Teddy Newton
* “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
* “Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
* “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
* “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

I’m very sorry to see that Sensology Michel Gagné abstract short wasn’t nominated. After all these years you would think ONE absract film could be included. But the Academy members are even more straight laced than in the past.

8 Responses to “Lyonel Feininger – 3 & The Oscar Nominations”

  1. on 25 Jan 2011 at 8:37 am 1.hans bacher said …

    michael, these are unbelievable. now I understand who started what was leading to the look of CALIGARY. and UPA and ZAGREB-film studied his genius work as well. please post some more if you have…

  2. on 25 Jan 2011 at 11:59 am 2.Eric Noble said …

    These are incredible Mr. Sporn. I don’t think he got cartooning completely out of his blood. An absolutely brilliant artist.

  3. on 25 Jan 2011 at 12:05 pm 3.Neal said …

    Sensology was interesting, but nothing particularly new. Even as an “abstract” film, it just doesn’t hold. And just because it was “abstract” doesn’t mean it deserved to be nominated. Although I would say it was more interesting (and thankfully, shorter) than the overlong and obvious Gruffalo.

  4. on 25 Jan 2011 at 12:21 pm 4.Michael said …

    Sensology may be the first mainstream abstract short that not only had abstract imagery but has abstract music.

  5. on 25 Jan 2011 at 1:44 pm 5.Tim Rauch said …

    Everyone one of these Feininger posts is fantastic. I agree with Eric, you can see the influence of his “cartooning” here. Anyways, love the fresh, vibrant and dynamic compositions, color and treatment of form. Thank you for sharing.

    As for the Oscars, they never do a perfect job, but I’m glad Madagascar squeezed in there. Really hoping it will win.

  6. on 25 Jan 2011 at 11:14 pm 6.Joel Brinkerhoff said …

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was familiar with Kinder Kids and Willie but had only seen some landscape paintings of his. These make me wish he has designed something for animation because I would love to see them move! Have you seen the 1933 film “Joie de Vivre”? It kind of reminds me of these.

  7. on 26 Jan 2011 at 1:21 am 7.Tom Minton said …

    Feininger’s color sense and composition remain astoundingly fresh.

  8. on 14 Mar 2013 at 1:48 pm 8.Annie Anskey said …

    Thank you so much for making available these Feininger drawings.

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