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Meditation

Alexej von Jawlensky (AKA Alexej Georgevich von Jawlensky), Russian, (March 26, 1864–March 15, 1941)

Creation date: February 1935
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas mounted on board
Credit Line: Bequest of Earle W. Grant
Accession Number: 1972.47
Dimensions: 7 1/4 in. x 5 in. (18.42 cm x 12.7 cm)

Provenance

Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, California (December 9, 1959 - 1963)

Sotheby's, New York, New York (December 9, 1959 - December 9, 1959)

Earle Wilkin Grant, San Diego, California (1963 - 1972)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1972 - )

Label Copy

War and Revolution, 1870–1940

Jawlensky’s career had taken him from Russia in 1905, just as revolution was starting, to France, Germany, Switzerland, and back to Germany following World War I. He never returned to Russia.
In 1933, the Nazis forbade the display of his work. However, Jawlensky did continue to paint, creating a very personal and profound series of abstract faces that numbered more than 1,000. All are small; the materials demonstrate the necessity to economize during the war. Meditation is characteristic of the series. The face is abstracted to its minimal components: strokes of black to suggest nose, brows, and lips. The dark and quiet intensity of these paintings, Jawlensky’s last, is evocative of both his personal pain and the ravaging of the world outside of his studio.
Last Updated: 2/16/2006

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibit , 00/00/00 - 5/6/1981

Alexej von Jawlensky: Exhibition of Oil Paintings, 1906-1937 Dalzell Hatfield Galleries , 4/30/1960 - 5/25/1960

The Human Beast: German Expressionism at The San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

ALEXÉI VON JAWLENSKY. THE LANDSCAPE OF PORTRAITS , 2/11/2021 - 2/22/2022

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 32, Figure Number: 68

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 106-107, no. 68

Maria Jawlensky and Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky. Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Sotheby's Publications. London, England, 1993
Page Number: 90, no. 1606, 116, Figure Number: 1606

Maria Jawlensky and Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky. Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Sotheby's Publications. London, England, 1993
Page Number: 427, no. 1606

Maria Jawlensky and Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky. Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Sotheby's Publications. London, England, 1993
Page Number: 440, no. 1606

Modern Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.. New York, New York, December 9, 1959
Page Number: 24 lot no. 39

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 142, 143, Figure Number: 143

Jawlensky Fundacion Mapfre.
Figure Number: 245

Marks

Inscription, On reverse:

Inscription, On reverse:

Inscription, On reverse:

Label, : [typed] "MEDITATION" #84 - II - 1935 / by / ALEXEJ [label ripped off]WLENSKY / $3,500.00 / [logo with "dh" and two blue stars] DALZ[label ripped off]LL / HATF[label ripped off]LD / GALLE[label ripped off]ES / AMBASSADO[label ripped off] TEL / LOS ANG[label ripped off]ES / [in pencil] # 419 - / ["W" scribbled out] Weiler

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