T. Lux Feininger, ‘Masque de scène du Bauhaus sur le toit du Bauhaus de Dessau’, 1928, Les Arts Décoratifs

Estate of T. Lux Feininger / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

About T. Lux Feininger

The son of the painter Lyonel Feininger and the younger brother of the photographer Andreas Feininger, T. Lux Feininger studied art at the Bauhaus and documented daily life at the school with his camera. Unable to study photography at the Bauhaus (until 1929 when it was introduced as a discipline), Feininger studied under László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky, among others, but taught himself photography, beginning with his grandmother’s box camera before graduating on to his own plate camera. He compiled a record of the artistic avant-garde in Germany between the wars, selling his images to newspapers and periodicals. Retiring his camera in the 1930s, he began to paint, producing maritime images of old-fashioned sailing ships with flat, simplified forms, and semi-abstract works. Taking up photography again in the 1940s after emigrating to the United States, he produced images of mass transportation, including ships, ferries, trains, trucks, and New York street scenes, often placing a pair of opera glasses in front of the camera.

German-American, 1910-2011, Berlin, Germany, based in New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts