Lyonel Feininger - Painter of Light

Ref: C2345486

Lyonel Feininger considered light to be the ordering principle of the world - "the source of clarity amid chaos". He is best known for his semi-abstract landscapes and cityscapes. In them shafts of light falling on indistinct suggestions of church steeples, buildings, sailboats and ocean waves suggest a kind of heavenly immanence. He is also of particular interest because he systematically integrated the medium of photography into his painting process. Photography allowed Feininger to expand on his painterly explorations of what he called the "magical veiled world".

Course aim

This session explores the role of light in the work of Lyonel Feininger

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify Feinnger's approach(es) to the representation pf light - from 'realism' to 'semi-abstraction', the imaginative to the spiritual
  • Recognize the key characteristics of his work including inter-penetrating planes of transparent colour
  • Understand the role of photography in Feininger's painting process
  • Recognize some of the major influences on the artist's work including Robert Delaunay, the Bauhaus

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A booklist and suggested web sites will be available online

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Lyonel Feininger - Painter of Light


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