Alexej von Jawlensky

Date/place of birth

1864 Torschok near Tver (Russia)

Day/place of death

1941 Wiesbaden

Alexej von Jawlensky - Flower Still-Life
Alexej von Jawlensky - Flower Still-Life

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Alexej von Jawlensky biography

The officer Alexej von Jawlensky studied at the St Petersburg Academy of Art, where he met the painter Ilja Repin, who in turn introduced him to Marianne von Werefkin. After resigning from the Academy, Jawlensky moved to Munich in the autumn of 1896, together with Werefkin. In Munich Jawlensky was to meet his compatriot Wassily Kandinsky. On several trips to France he became familiar with the French avant-garde, above all Gauguin, Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh. Jawlensky focussed particularly on landscapes and portraits with a close affinity to Russian folk art, making use of powerful and darkly contoured colour fields. In 1912 Jawlensky joined the artists' group “Der Blaue Reiter”, founded by Marianne von Werefkin, Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. This organisation had emerged from the previously created “Neue Künstlervereinigung München” (1908). When the First World War broke out, Jawlensky had to leave Germany and went into exile in St. Prex, Switzerland, where he stayed until 1921. There and in Wiesbaden – where he lived until his death – Jawlensky developed a meditative style with reduced, abstract shapes, yet still basically representational. He created several series, each time varying a specific theme in a variety of ways. In his "Variationen” (Variations), for instance, he focused repeatedly on the view from his window to his garden in St. Prex. In his "Abstrakte Köpfe” (Abstract Heads), "Mystische Köpfe” (Mystical Heads), "Heilandsgesichtern” (Visions of the Saviour) and eventually "Meditationen” (Meditations) he reduced the human face to a small number of basic elements, thus creating spiritual paintings which are reminiscent of icons.

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Alexej von JawlenskyFlower Still-Life€768.000
Alexej von JawlenskyGarten am Bauernhaus. Verso: Mädchenbildnis€544.000
Alexej von JawlenskySonnenuntergang am Meer€487.900
Alexej von JawlenskyStilleben mit Weinflasche€439.200
Alexej von JawlenskyPortrait Frau Kirchhoff€297.600
Alexej von JawlenskyLandschaft mit rotem Dach - Wasserburg€288.000

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