Alexej von Jawlensky - Variation: Purpurgold (Herbst)
Alexej von Jawlensky
Variation: Purpurgold (Herbst)
Oil on linen-textured paper on card 36.3 x 25.5 cm (50.8 x 37.5 cm) Framed. Monogrammed 'A. J.' in grey lower left. - Drawing pin holes in the margins. The underlying card with traces of rubbing.
For over six years, during his exile in Switzerland, Alexei Jawlensky worked on an artistic complex he officially referred to as “Variations on a Landscape Theme”. The view from the window of his improvised studio in Saint-Prex presented him with a passage from the landscape whose elements became the protagonists of this series of works. The unchanging repertoire of motifs consisting of cypresses, bushes, path, fence and garden gate were depicted in an increasingly abstract manner and invested with an essential character. In a process of contemplative absorption during the painting process, the artist succeeded in realising an infinite wealth of chromatic and formal variations. Each possesses an individual chromatic and compositional focal point and a characteristic visual mood.
In this work, the elliptical form of a large cypress occupies the entire height of the painting and provides the composition with a visual anchor. The other pictorial elements are grouped in a finely partitioned and surprisingly orderly formation in the right half of the picture. The selection of white and cool tones of blue and red as the colours for several individual forms establishes fresh accents within this variation otherwise dominated by earth tones.
Maria Jawlensky/Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky/Angelica Jawlensky II 1044
Artist's studio; Galka Scheyer, Hollywood, CA; Galerie Aenne Abels, Cologne (1969); Christie's London, Impressionist & Modern Paintings & Sculpture, 25 March 1980, Lot 45 ("Herbst-Variation"), Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer Munich, 71. Auktion 20. Jahrhundert, 30 May 1983, Lot 518; Orangerie, Cologne; Private collection, Rhineland
Hamburg/Munich/Hanover/Wiesbaden/Barmen/Dusseldorf/Mannheim 1920/1921 (Galerie Commeter/Galerie Hans Goltz/Kestner-Gesellschaft/Neues Museum/Ruhmeshalle/Kunsthalle), tavelling exhibition, cat. no. 77 (dated 1919); Berlin 1923 (Galerie Twardy); Hollywood, CA 1930 (Braxton Gallery), cat. no. 17; San Francisco 1931 (California Palace of the Legion of Honor), The Blue Four, cat. no. 18; Oakland, CA 1931 (Art Gallery), The Blue Four, cat. no. 56; Chicago 1932 (Arts Club), The Blue Four, cat. no. 52 (dated 1919); Paris 1956 (Galerie Jacques Fricker), cat. no. 21 with illus. color plate no. 9 ("Purple Gold"); Cologne 1969 (Galerie Aenne Abels), Jubiläumskatalog 1919-1969, cat. no. 14 with illus. (dated 1916 and titled "Herbst")