T. Lux Feininger (American (born Germany), Berlin 1910–2011 Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Gelatin silver print
11.3 x 8.9 cm (4 7/16 x 3 1/2 in.)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
The son of Lyonel Feininger, the American-born artist and master at the Bauhaus, Lux Feininger learned to photograph in an atmosphere of radical experimentation. The house he lived in was a two-family dwelling shared with Lucia and László Moholy-Nagy. This portrait of a fellow Bauhaus student was taken either on its roof or on a balcony of the same building. The abrupt foreshortening caused by the acute perspective makes Röseler's head balloon upward from tiny feet, emphasizing his self-absorption and his cool detachment from the world.
Inscription: Stamped in red ink on print, verso, top left: "FOTO LUX FEININGER"; inscribed in ink on circular paper label affixed to print, verso, top left: "9"; inscribed in ink on print, verso, bottom center: "Photo Lux Feininger"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso, bottom right: "6"; bottom left: "SFMMA // 81.44-LORE"; inscribed in orange pencil on print, verso, bottom center: "[circle or dot?]", "x";