To escape New York in the summers, Lyonel and Julia Feininger often traveled to New England, where they visited with friends and family in Connecticut and Massachusetts. These trips provided Feininger with the opportunity to photograph tranquil farmlands, the architecture of rural towns, and the rugged seascapes of the Atlantic coast.
Feininger’s New England photographs depict such places as Falls Village and Canaan, Connecticut, and Cambridge, Plymouth, Rockport, and Lincoln, Massachusetts. In Lincoln the Feiningers visited Walter Gropius, who had moved there in 1937. Subsequent trips to Cambridge allowed them to visit Lux, who had arrived in 1953 to teach painting and drawing at Harvard. In Cambridge Lyonel and Julia also visited Charles Kuhn, who was curator of Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum and an early collector of Feininger’s work. During his trips to the university, Feininger photographed Harvard’s campus and the surrounding urban environment, including Widener Library, Memorial Church, the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger museums, and Harvard Square.