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The Green Bridge II (work of art)

Artwork Info

Created
1916
Nationality
American
Birth/Death
1871-1956
Dimensions
49 3/8 x 39 1/2 in.
(125.4 x 100.3 cm)
Medium
Painting

Credit

Gift of Mrs. Ferdinand Möller

Culture
European

About

The scene is Paris: not the fashionable boulevards and cabarets of the “City of Light” but a working-class neighborhood. Evening has fallen and the people-solitary travelers cloaked against the chill-move slowly along the gaslit street. The mood is subdued, yet the artist/spectator enlivens the composition by gently distorting the space, bending and breaking the parts into planes of color.

What a strange subject for an artist to be painting in wartime Germany! However, Lyonel Feininger, an American living in Berlin, loved France and French culture. Before the war he made several extended visits to Paris, where he sketched the street life and absorbed the lessons of cubism, so evident in this painting. Though he patriotically supported the country of his ancestors, his feelings about the war were in turmoil, and that conflict found expression in this melancholy reminiscence of a more tranquil time.

tags: shape, line, design, place, change, perspective, urban, narrative

Images

  • Lyonel Feininger The Green Bridge II Painting 1916

    The Green Bridge II