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Franz Sitte

T. Lux Feininger (American (born Germany), Berlin 1910–2011 Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Date:
ca. 1928
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
11.4 x 8.4 cm. (4 1/2 x 3 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Isaac Lagnado, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.580.2
Rights and Reproduction:
© T. Lux Feininger
  • Description

    Feininger (son of the painter Lyonel Feininger) was one of the youngest students to attend the Bauhaus. Although he considered himself a painter primarily, during his years at the school (1926-31) he was never without his camera, photographing his classmates, the school buildings, Oskar Schlemmer's stage productions, and the Bauhaus Jazz Band from dramatically angled viewpoints or as extreme close-ups, an energetic style perfectly in tune with the climate of visual and technical experimentation that prevailed at the school. For this unusual portrait Feininger photographed fellow student Franz Sitte through a window and in doing so recorded his own image as a reflection on the glass.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed in ink on print, verso, BC: "photo Lux Feininger"; in pencil, BC: "CIL - 1589 - (1.1-N) P8911221"; inscribed in red pencil, C and BL: "o//x"; inscribed in ink on circular white label, CL: "76"

  • Provenance

    [Prakapas Gallery]; Isaac Lagnado, New York

  • Notes

    Sitte was a fellow Bauhaus student.

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