German-American artist Lyonel Feininger was born on July 17, 1871 – 150 years ago today.
He became the most recognized (and successful) of the German cartoonists hired by The Chicago Tribune in 1906 to re-create the Sunday color comics section of that newspaper.
His highly imaginative art work displays interesting uses of linework and colour which still inspire artists today. Together with Wilhelm Busch, Winsor McCay and George Herriman he is one of the earliest comic pioneers whose work is considered high art.
As if Feininger’s first effort The Kin-der-Kids wasn’t imaginative enough, he pulled out all stops with the follow-up Wee Willie Winkie’s World. Lambiek again:
Feininger shaped highly imaginative and surreal worlds. The Sunday pages itself were true works of art, where the artist ornamented his panels to one entity.