Alexej von Jawlensky:
Picture "Abstract Head: Inner Vision - Rosy Light" (1926), framed
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Picture "Abstract Head: Inner Vision - Rosy Light" (1926), framed
Alexej von Jawlensky:
Picture "Abstract Head: Inner Vision - Rosy Light" (1926), framed

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 980 copies | numbered | certificate | reproduction, Giclée print on canvas | on stretcher frame | framed | size 59 x 52 cm (h/w)

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Picture "Abstract Head: Inner Vision - Rosy Light" (1926), framed
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Picture "Abstract Head: Inner Vision - Rosy Light" (1926), framed

Jawlensky's portraits combine the abstraction of Cubism with the mysticism of ancient Russian piety. Original: 1926, oil on cardboard, 59.7 x 48 cm. Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, Museum of Art Philadelphia, USA.

Fine Art Giclée edition transferred directly onto artist's canvas and stretched on a stretcher frame. Limited edition of 980 copies, numbered, with certificate. Framed in a handmade, black and golden solid wood frame. Size 59 x 52 cm (h/w). ars mundi Exclusive Edition.

Portrait of the artist Alexej von Jawlensky

About Alexej von Jawlensky

1864-1941, German-Russian painter

It was not until 1889 that the former Russian Imperial Guard Alexej von Jawlensky in the Tsarist army began his artistic training. In 1896, he moved to Munich to attend a private art school where he met Wassily Kandinsky. In Murnau Jawlensky first worked together with Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter. And together they founded the Artist's Association "Neue Künstlervereinigung München". In addition, Jawlensky was a key member of the "Blauer Reiter" movement. He later co-founded the group "The Blue Four" with Klee, Kandinsky and Feininger.

Expelled from Germany as a Russian citizen in 1914, during the beginning of World War l, the artist settled in Switzerland and later in Wiesbaden, Germany. During this time he created his famous abstract heads. Jawlensky died of a serious illness in 1941.

"My art is meditation or prayer in colours", Jawlensky once said, and indeed his work is characterised by great religiousness. This is particularly noticeable in the series of works of the Saviour’s faces and the abstract heads, which Jawlensky summarises in his memoirs as "saints' heads". The influence of orthodox iconography is unmistakable, and they were already understood as a modern version of the icon by contemporary artist colleagues. The human face in many variations – mostly in strong, even bright colours – had already been a focus of his work before. With the saints' heads, he became more restrained in colour and reduced the subject of the portrait to the face itself. They seem de-individualised without losing expressiveness. A progressive abstraction, lead to an iconic form, which in the sequence seem like a search for an unattainable divine archetype.

Influenced by Fauvism, Alexej von Jawlensky painted with bright colours, fierce brushwork and dark outlines. His works are among the most sought-after works of classical modernism and can be found in the world's great museums.