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Years of Friendship, 1944-1956: The Correspondence of Lyonel Feininger and Mark Tobey

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.03.2015
  • Verlag: Hatje Cantz Verlag
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Years of Friendship, 1944-1956: The Correspondence of Lyonel Feininger and Mark Tobey

Dieses E-Book ist die erweiterte Ausgabe einer heute vergriffenen Publikation, die 1991 bei Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York erschienen ist. Der Band versammelt über 80 Briefe, die sich die befreundeten amerikanischen Maler Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) und Mark Tobey (1890-1976) von ihrer ersten Begegnung 1944 bis zum Tod Feiningers im Jahr 1956 schrieben. In einem Essay zeichnet Peter Selz die langjährige Freundschaft der Malerkollegen nach, eine Chronologie veranschaulicht ihre sich immer wieder kreuzenden Lebenswege. Zwei kurze Textbeiträge von Feininger über Tobey sowie von Tobey über Feininger und eine kleine Auswahl von farbig abgebildeten Werken und faksimilierten Briefen der Künstler ergänzen das E-Book.


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    Erscheinungsdatum: 01.03.2015
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    ISBN: 9783775739856
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Years of Friendship, 1944-1956: The Correspondence of Lyonel Feininger and Mark Tobey


Mark Tobey [in Julia Feininger's hand]

Houghton bMS Ger 146.1 (2877)

May 12, 1944

Imagine being offered the bed of a master. I had such a lovely time with them-he will always live within me as the pure example of a man who has only to be felt-and the feeling or atmosphere is stronger than words-it is life itself which one gets from him-life which has been distilled and radiates as pure spirit-

Mark wrote this May 12, 1944

To Lyonel and Julia Feininger

Houghton bMS Ger 146 (1421)

ALS 2 1 / 2 pp.

November [1944]

4144 1 / 2 University Way
Seattle, Washington


Dear Lyonel and Julia!

What a long silence on my part and yet you have been with me almost every day and there has been much communion of spirits. Life has been hectic and much, too much activity on the objective plane to suit me. This combined with eye-ulcers has kept me hopping.

Well I hear your show is up. 1 How I wish I were there to see it and meet you once again. I saw your "Bird Cloud" (see ill. ? ) in the Romantic show in San Francisco and felt it was the only "resolved" painting in the show. 2 There was more sea in three inches of sand in your painting than all of [Marsden] Hartley's canvases of the Maine Coast. 3 If Hartley was so formal in pattern as to be completely empty of the vastness or force of the sea. I went to San Francisco for dental work in exchange for a painting. Walked in to the dentist's office and there was a reproduction of a Feininger. She said that your show there some time ago had almost "knocked her out!" 4 Also that a man came in for dental work and when he saw the Feininger said that was all the qualification he wanted as to her worth.

Well I'm trying now to get down to painting and your spirit Lyonel is all about me. My line shall grow more form and content too I hope since knowing you. No doubt there will be influence too but that's the way it should be, for each plane of being has its own specific unity.

I am hoping and planning as much as one can in these days to arrange my affairs to come out and work. Feel that this winter will be enough. It's too deadly here for real and concentrated art activity. Then too the town is too strident and for the most part feels like a file au rebours! Too much effort about Art and people.

Again your show! Certainly hope that the return will be satisfactory both in recognition and financial. Who says artists can't use money!

Well if it takes a long time before I can actually be with you two again-please know that I am very often sitting in your living room and very happy to be there-in that world where these damned distractions are nil.

Always enjoying the paintings you gave me, watching the beautiful ship sailing away and almost running from the "Storm Cloud" [same as "Bird Cloud"].

Would certainly like to hear from you if you will forgive my long silence.

Happiness and health to you both.


4144 1 / 2 University Way
Seattle, Washington

Excuse studio paper

1 "Lyonel Feininger/Marsden Hartley," Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 24, 1944-January 14, 1945. This exhibition was important in bringing Feininger recognition as an American painter. Alfred H. Barr Jr. had failed to do this for him with "Paintings by 19 Living Americans," in 1929, because public and critics considered Feininger a German artist at the time.

2 Bird Cloud (1926), o/c, Hess 268, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Mass. (since 1950). "Romantic Painting in America," Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 17, 1943- Febr

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