© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013
Village Pond at Gelmeroda
Oil on canvas
Inv. No. 2109 (Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.)
86 × 112 cm
It was not until he was in his mid thirties that the German-American Lyonel Feininger turned to painting. On the basis of his drawing technique, he developed a distinctive style of painting in which the motifs are abstracted in cubist manner. During his time at the Bauhaus, where he was director of the printmaking workshops, he executed a series of views of the Thuringian village of Gelmeroda. He breaks down his depiction of the row of houses in front of the village pond into prismatic facets, using reflection to repeat the geometric forms. Within the mirror image, the forms are in turn subjected to various modifications in a serial treatment of the theme.