Museum Folkwang
Mellingen
  • Lyonel Feininger
  • Mellingen, 1915

  • Church Tower
  • Oil on canvas
  • 100 x 80 cm
  • Bequst of Dr. Walter und Liselotte Griese in 2001
  • Inv. G 557
  • CommentaryMellingen is one of the Thuringian villages that Feininger got to know during his trips around Weimar. He painted the village church steeple at a time when he was intensively occupied with Cubism and when the real theme of his painting was a dissonance between depiction and destruction of a motif: »My Cubism, if you wish to thus describe it incorrectly as it has quite the opposite aim of French Cubism, is based on the principle of monumentalism and concentration to the absolute extreme of my view; […] my paintings come ever closer to a synthesis of a fugue« (Lyonel Feininger, 1913). The portail of the church over the long drive and the massive steeple with stocky peak are viewed from the front, the nave seems slightly distorted.
    Feininger's architectural landscape is held together by a rhythmic variation between overlapping and penetrating forms whose Cubist refraction the artist described as Prismaismus.
  • Provenance2001, Dr. Walter Griese, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,280
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
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  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Mellingen
  • Obj_Title2_S: Church Tower
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1915
  • Jahr von: 1,915
  • Jahr bis: 1,915
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  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 100 x 80 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Bequst of Dr. Walter und Liselotte Griese in 2001
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Mellingen is one of the Thuringian villages that Feininger got to know during his trips around Weimar. He painted the village church steeple at a time when he was intensively occupied with Cubism and when the real theme of his painting was a dissonance between depiction and destruction of a motif: »My Cubism, if you wish to thus describe it incorrectly as it has quite the opposite aim of French Cubism, is based on the principle of monumentalism and concentration to the absolute extreme of my view; […] my paintings come ever closer to a synthesis of a fugue« (Lyonel Feininger, 1913). The portail of the church over the long drive and the massive steeple with stocky peak are viewed from the front, the nave seems slightly distorted.
Feininger's architectural landscape is held together by a rhythmic variation between overlapping and penetrating forms whose Cubist refraction the artist described as Prismaismus.