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Abstract Head: Inner Vision

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

Creation date: 1923
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on board
Credit Line: Gift of Earle W. Grant in memory of Dalzell Hatfield
Accession Number: 1964.70
Dimensions: 16 3/8 in. x 12 1/2 in. (41.59 cm x 31.75 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, California ( - October 14, 1963)

Earle Wilkin Grant, San Diego, California (October 14, 1963 - April 29, 1964)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 29, 1964 - )

Label Copy

During the first years of World War I, Jawlensky concentrated mainly on the landscape Variations seen elsewhere in this exhibition, but beginning around 1917, he turned to a large series of Mystical Heads, followed by other series of Saviour’s Faces, Abstract Heads, and Meditations. (One of the Meditations is shown nearby.) These studies are reminiscent of the traditional Russian Orthodox icons of Jawlensky’s childhood, but just as his landscape paintings had been exercises in paring down form to abstract planes of color, so too his series of heads trace an attempt to reduce conventional portraiture to abstract line, form, and, especially, color. Referring to these paintings, Jawlensky wrote, “I had come to understand that great art can only be painted with religious feeling. And that, I could only bring to the human face.”
Last Updated: 10/12/2022

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

[no title] , 1/1/1956 - 12/31/1956

[no title] , 1/1/1957 - 12/31/1957

Maîtres de l'art moderne , 10/1/1957 - 11/30/1957

Deutsche Expressionisten , 11/1/1957 - 12/31/1957

[no title] , 1/1/1958 - 12/31/1958

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

International Arts , 1/9/1962 - 2/17/1962

International Art Exhibition: Modern French, German Expressionists, Modern Ameri Dalzell Hatfield Galleries , 1/29/1962 - 2/17/1962

International Art Exhibition Dalzell Hatfield Galleries , 1/29/1962 - 2/17/1962

Jawlensky-Münter-Pechstein , 3/1/1963 - 4/30/1963

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

Alexei Jawlensky New Galerie New York , 2/16/2017 - 5/29/2017

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: 31, Figure Number: 67

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 106, no. 67

Maria Jawlensky and Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky. Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Sotheby's Publications. London, England, 1992
Page Number: 375, no. 1216, 387, Figure Number: 1216

Maria Jawlensky and Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky. Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Sotheby's Publications. London, England, 1992
Page Number: 523-524, no. 1216

Maria Jawlensky and Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky. Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Sotheby's Publications. London, England, 1992
Page Number: 531, no. 1216

Mr. Dalzell Hatfield. Artorama: Dalzell Hatfield Galleries. Los Angeles, California, 1960
Page Number: 1, Figure Number: 1

Mr. Dalzell Hatfield. International Art Exhibition Dalzell Hatfield Galleries. Los Angeles, California, 1962
Page Number: 15, Figure Number: 15

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: 228

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