From 1929 to 1931, Feininger worked on a series of eleven views of the city of Halle commissioned by arrangement of Alois Schardt, director of Halle’s museum. Feininger explored the city with both camera and (drawing) pencil. The photographs and notes pertaining to the natural world served to clarify the motif and were the starting point for the composition of the paintings. For 'Halle. Am Trödel', the artist translated what he had observed into his typical crystalline formal language. However, he maintained a cautious approach to abstraction, which is why the subject remains firmly embedded in reality.
Büche, Wolfgang (2010): Lyonel Feininger. Die Halle-Bilder, Munich.