Born and raised in New York, Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) moved at the age of sixteen to Germany, where he became one of the leading practitioners of German Expressionism and the Bauhaus.
In the late 1930s, when the Nazi campaign against modern art forced him to flee back to New York after an absence of fifty years, his marriage of abstraction and recognizable imagery made him a beloved artist in the United States.
Long acknowledged as a major figure of the Bauhaus, Feininger is renowned for his romantic, crystalline paintings of architecture and seascapes. From the 1940s on, his work received much acclaim, and he received awards from the Metropolitan Museum and the Worcester Art Museum. Feininger’s art has been exhibited and collected widely by major museums and galleries in the United States and abroad.