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Variation: Inclination

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Variation: Inclination

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

Creation date: 1919

Other Information

Medium and Support: Oil on canvas mounted on artist's board
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger
Accession Number: 2011.106
Dimensions: 14 1/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (36.2 cm x 28.58 cm)


Feigen Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA ( - )

Herbert B. Palmer, Los Angeles, CA ( - )

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This painting is part of the same landscape Variations series as the Large Variation also exhibited here but was painted a few years later. When juxtaposed with the earlier work from the series, one can see how the trees, path, fields, and horizon line have become simple planes of color and flat shapes in the later painting. Describing these paintings, Jawlensky wrote, "Nature, which I saw before me, only prompted me. And that was a key that unlocked this organ [in my heart] and made it sound. At first it was very difficult. But gradually I came to have no difficulty in finding through color and form what was in my soul... I painted a great many pictures, which I called ‘Variations on a Landscape Theme.’ They are songs without words.”
Jawlensky conceived of this painting as part of a triptych, along with his Variation: Enlightenment and Variation: Powers of the Spirit. The works were separated in the 1950s and the present whereabouts of the other two panels are unknown.
Last Updated: 7/26/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Summer Loans 1978 , 7/19/1978 - 00/00/00

Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection , 1/28/1984 - 3/11/1984

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

Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00



This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Steven L. Brezzo and Ida Katherine Rigby. Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection The San Diego Museum Art. January 1984
Page Number: 8, 10

Jawlensky Fundacion Mapfre.
Figure Number: 203

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