Under Shortened Sail. 1937. Watercolor and India ink drawing. Lower left signed, lower right dated and titled in bottom center. On laid paper. 31 x 48 cm (12.2 x 18.8 in), size of sheet.
• Made the year that 387 works by Feininger were removed from German museums and the artist's return to the USA. • The watercolor and its depiction of the sea's vastness contrary to the small boat sailing under German and American flag is very symbolic of the new situation in his life. • Feininger's crystalline seascapes are particularly sought-after on the international auction market.
Achim Moeller, director of the Lyonel Feininger Project LLC, New York-Berlin, has confirmed this work's authenticity, it is registered in the archive of the Lyonel Feininger Project under the number 237-09-22-08.
PROVENANCE: Arthur U. Hooper, Baltimore. Gimpel Weitzenhoffer, New York (with label on frame). Collection Helen W. Benjamin, New York. Collection Mary B. Arnstein, USA. Private collection Germany.
EXHIBITION: Meister der klassischen Moderne, Haus Beda, Bitburg, September 29 - October 27, 2013, no. 9. Lyonel Feininger. Ein Meister am Bauhaus, Düsseldorf 2010 (ex. cat. with illu.).