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Historical Artist - Lyonel Feininger (1871 - 1956)

Born in New York to German Jewish parents, Lyonel Charles Adrian Feininger studied art in Munich. He began his career as a political 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 on 1913 and was a colleague of Kandinsky while teaching at the Bauhaus in Weimar and in Dessau. When the Nazi’s rose to power, Feininger returned to the United States and helped found the New Bauhaus in Chicago. He died in his birthplace of New York City in 1956. Feininger was one of the very few fine artists also to draw comic strips as a cartoonist. His short-lived strips, The Kin-der-Kids and Wee Willie Winkie's World were noted for their fey humor and graphic experimentation. Feininger also had intermittent activity as a pianist and composer, with several piano compositions and fugues for organ extant.

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