The Feininger Collection

Grogan & Company is proud to offer at auction a curated selection of works from the Estate of T. Lux Feininger (1910-2011), the youngest son of noted German-American artist Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956). The collection provides an intimate window into the life of Lyonel Feininger and his family, with many works inscribed with Lyonel’s family nickname “Papileo” or with written dedications to his son. The watercolors, ink drawings, and sketches offered span the breadth of Feininger’s career, with examples ranging from his early nature studies to the later “ghosties” he created for friends and family, while the woodcuts in the collection highlight Feininger’s lasting interest in the medium, an interest fortified by his years as master of the printing workshop at the Bauhaus in Weimar. The collection is rounded out by a selection of works given to Feininger by friends such as Franz and Maria Marc, Erich Heckel, Otto Dix, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

Highlights

116

What's The Big Idea? (Four Ghosties)
1954, ink and watercolor
3 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.

  • Estimate: $8,000 - 12,000
112

Untitled (Self Portrait)
1908, pencil
12 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.

  • Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000
101

Untitled (Ship)
ink and watercolor
3 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.

  • Estimate: $5,000 - 8,000
108

The Watch Tower
1947, watercolor and ink
6 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.; frame: 10 3/4 x 14 1/4 in.

  • Estimate: $15,000 - 25,000
132

Die Maschine (The Locomotive)
1906, drypoint etching
plate: 4 3/8 x 6 in.

  • Estimate: $1,500 - 2,500
142

Kriegsflotte 1 (Warfleet 1)
woodcut
6 1/2 x 9 in.

  • Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000