Ships and Sun

Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), Ships and Sun (Schiffe und Sonne), woodcut, c. 1920, signed in pencil with the artist’s emblem in pencil lower left corner, numbered 1856 in the artist’s hand lower center edge. Prasse W71, second state (of 2), one of only a few second state proofs, in very good condition; 4 x 4 1/2, the sheet 7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches.

A fine impression of this rare print.

Prasse notes that impressions of the second state proofs were “chiefly on white tissue paper and one on yellow Kozo paper.” This appears to be the impression notes as on yellow Kozo paper.

Provenance: By descent from the artist to his son, T. Lux Feininger; The Estate of T. Lux Feininger.

An impression of the first state is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (only 3 proofs in this state are known); another impression of the second state is in Weimar, Germany.

The composition of Ship and Sun was complete in the first state; in the second state the artist widened the structure (pier?) at the right, and added some definition to the sun’s rays upper right.