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Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in honor of Leona E. Prasse 1972.106
Catalogue raisonné: Prasse, W 152
Primarily a painter, Lyonel Feininger turned to the woodcut medium during World War I when paint supplies ran out. In this work, the wartime naval fleet is reduced to geometric shapes; the wood’s jagged edges formed sharp peaks in the sky and water that contribute to the fleet’s encroaching menace. Born in America, Feininger traveled to Germany as a teenager and remained in Europe through the late 1930s. In 1912 he met many of the Expressionists in Dresden and Munich, and exhibited with them in 1913.
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