Das Tor (The Gate)

Lyonel Feininger

Das Tor (The Gate)


Etching and drypoint

Image size 10 5/8 x 7 13/16 inches (270 x 198 mm).


Keith Sheridan, LLC

Myrtle Beach, SC


$12,000 - $35,000

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A impression from the edition of 125 for “Die Schaffenden” in 1919. Signed in pencil. Signed, titled and dated in the plate, beneath the image Feininger, THE GATE and Wenesd'y, Sept. 4, 1912. 

Image size 10 11/16 x 7 13/16 inches (271 x 198 mm); sheet size: 16 1/2 x 12 9/16 inches (419 x 319 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on heavy cream Japan paper, with full margins (2 3/8 to 3 1/4 inches). Several small repaired tears and creases at the sheet edges, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition.

Published by Gustav Kiepenheuer, Weimar, with the Die Schaffenden blind stamp in the lower left margin.

Reproduced: 'German Expressionist Prints and Drawings', The Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Prestel, 1989; 'Artists & Prints, Masterworks from the Museum of Modern Art', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2004.

The gate depicted here is in the town of Ribnitz, a location where Feininger often spent his summers. Created after a brief visit to Paris in 1911 when Feininger was first exposed to cubism, Das Tor is a striking synthesis of expressionist influences and cubist idiom–a pivotal work which was to inform his entire artistic canon. Jennifer Roberts from MOMA writes that “this print, a high point in Feininger's oeuvre of some sixty-five intaglios from 1906 to 1924, was published after the war in Die Schaffenden, an important series of German print portfolios.”