In the eyes of many The Whitney stands as one of our nation’s greatest museums, providing inspired collections in a calm beautiful space. It’s birth was far more controversial though, as it was created by Gertrude Whitney due to the adamant disinterest by the Met and MoMA to show anything other than European art. Whitney’s desire was to introduce a focus on modern American art, which she saw as just as deserving of praise despite the lack of popularity at the time.
I’m very excited to note that German Expressionist painter Lyonel Feininger’s work is currently on display at the Whitney. Born in New York, but shortly thereafter a resident of Germany, Feininger’s paintings offer a view of the world that is at once beautiful and magnificently odd, utilizing hard lines and soft intricate shading. I find the paintings of his that feature buildings or architecture particularly mesmerizing. I feel in love with Feininger’s work instantly and easily get lost in his slightly off-kilter world.
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