To better express his feelings, he becomes an artist from 1907, at 36 years old. He lives in Berlin but finds his inspiration in Weimar where his second wife Julia has just finished her studies. The quiet little town is their promised land, their common discovery.
Lyonel is interested in all the avant-gardes to develop his own style. He is altogether close to Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter and Cubism. Unlike cubists in Paris, his approach is not constructivist but emotional. The view of a church only concerns him if it can transfer his psychological stimuli.
In 1913 Lyonel instals his easel on the Gothic bridge of Ober-Weimar. With the prismatic cubism, the small bridge becomes a majestic monument that exalts a moment of happiness. The light hues contrast with the gaudy colors with which the artist is accustomed to express an excitement. The oil on canvas Brücke I is kept at the University of St. Louis.
At the beginning of winter 1914-1915 Feininger retrieves his bridge. Now he exults to feel an artistic fullness that answers his questions. Brücke II, oil on canvas 81 x 101 cm, is painted in a cubism similar to Brücke I with the same pleasant tones. The angle of view is however different : absent from Brücke I, the roadway is a path of light that leads to hope.
Brücke II was sold for £ 4.8M including premium by Christie's on February 4, 2014 over a lower estimate of £ 2M. It is estimated £ 4M for sale by Sotheby's in London on February 26, lot 14. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
It is relevant to compare Feininger with Kandinsky. Both are inspired by music to define an absolute art. Weimar is the Murnau of Feininger. After the war both will teach for many years at the Bauhaus.