ALTHOUGH he spent most of his life in Germany, Lyonel Feininger framed and shaped his art in America. The son of a German concert violinist, Feininger was born and brought up in Manhattan. Among his earliest memories was that of seeing stripe-suited prisoners marching in lock step on Blackwells (now Welfare Island. "This made a wretched impression on me." he recalled. "I took to drawing ghosts for a while, and this may have laid the foundation for my fantastic figures and caricatures." When he was 16, Feininger went to Europe to study music. Soon...

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