“The most beautiful landscape cannot hold my fascinated attention as much as nature by the seaside and all that is connected with water.”
In 1913, Feininger had a job designing wooden toy trains for a German company. He continued to make small, hand-painted toy sculptures for much of his life, gifting them first to his children, then to friends and their children. The toy figures, trains, buildings, and boats that he created were also among the subjects of his paintings and prints.
Feininger was interested in light and atmosphere and he took photographs throughout his career. He photographed water, fog, and snow as well as the reflections in street puddles and reflections on buildings and windows at night. He used some of his photographs as inspiration for his paintings.