Lyonel Feininger’s “Ghosties,” as his late whimsical watercolors are often referred to, were intended as gifts to friends and family. As such, they often included a personal note or greeting, revealing the artist's affection for those close to him.
In this installation, a selection of ten of these intimate works, created between 1945 and 1955, are presented alongside a set of 68 carved and hand-painted toys. This “City at the Edge of the World,” so-named by the artist's son T. Lux after one of his father's drawings (The City at the Edge of the World [In der Stadt am Ende der Welt], 1912, Museum of Modern Art), is a three-dimensional embodiment of Feininger’s two-dimensional world, populated by the same houses and figures that can be found in his works across other media. The group on display, the largest in existence, comes from the collection of the artist’s eldest son Andreas and his wife Wysse. Andreas and Wysse cherised these carved toys, and many of them figure prominently in the book of the same title, with photographs by Andreas and text by T. Lux Feininger, published in 1966.
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