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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 146.4

Lyonel Feininger photographs


Black-and-white photographs taken by Lyonel Feininger.


  • 1896-1942

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Restricted: fragile; use surrogate. For access to original consult curatorial staff.

Conditions Governing Use

Images linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.
Copyright: Copyright in these images is administered by Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.


2 linear feet (6 boxes)
531 black-and-white photographs taken by Lyonel Feininger. The photographs were identified, given titles, and arranged by T. Lux Feininger, the artist's son. Collection includes T. Lux Feininger's card index to this collection (item 532), from which the collection finding aid was produced; and some family photographs, including photographs of Lyonel's wife, Julia Feininger.

Biographical / Historical

Feininger was an American-born artist who went to Germany in 1887 and returned to the U.S. in 1936.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Portrait and figure
  2. II. Architecture
  3. A. Ruins
  4. B. Villlage and rustic
  5. C. Quimper, St. Malo
  6. D. Paris
  7. E. Halle a.d. Saale
  8. F. L. F. enlargements from negatives not by him
  9. G. Unidentified places
  10. III. The sea
  11. IV. Deep [the genius loci]
  12. V. Railroads
  13. VI. "Feininger special"
  14. VII. The street
  15. VIII. Halle studio
  16. IX. Harborside
  17. X. Still life
  18. XI. Shop windows
  19. XII. Model yachts
  20. XIII. Mr. T. Lux Feininger's catalogue of this collection

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

87M-86. Gift of Mr. T. Lux Feininger, 22 Arlington Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140; received: 1987 September.

Related Collections

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs provides access to a searchable database of more than 18,000 negatives and slides housed in the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s Lyonel Feininger Archive. The site also includes slideshows, information about Feininger’s photographic subjects, and a chronology.

Muir, Laura. Lyonel Feininger Photographs, 1928-1939. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger; Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Falsey
Link to catalog
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956. Lyonel Feininger photographs, 1896-1942: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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