Art: Bach in Prisms

When he is asked what artist has influenced him most, Painter Lyonel Feininger answers: "Bach." Visitors to his retrospective show in Manhattan last week could see what he means. Disciplined as fugues, Feininger's paintings of ships and steeples, trees and towers are masterpieces of order—"organized and orchestrated in color," Feininger hopes, "like a large-scale composition for the organ." Over the years, his compositions have won Lyonel Feininger recognition as one of the most distinguished of living U.S. artists, and last week, at 80, he was still composing as strongly as ever.

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