Sunday, March 8, 2015


Alexej von Jawlensky (Russian, 1864 - 1941)

Jawlensky was born in Russia, and started out with a military career. He began his art studies comparatively late, in his mid-twenties, and in 1896 left the army and went to Munich where he enrolled at art school. Another Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky, was a fellow student, and the two became great friends. In 1905 Jawlensky spent some time in France, where he was influenced by the work of Gauguin, Van Gogh and the Fauves. He showed several paintings at the famous Salon d'Automne exhibition of 1905, in which the Fauves were given their name.

Frauenkopf [Head of a Woman] about 1911

The violent colours and broad brushstrokes seen in 'Head of a Woman' can be compared with paintings by Derain. Jawlensky's painting achieved maturity in 1911. He felt that his most powerful works were produced in the period up to 1914, when he was painting in strong colours with a 'tremendous inner ecstasy'. The majority of Jawlensky's works are portraits and heads of women, and, in a sense, he was continuing the great tradition of Russian icon painting. His later work became increasingly stylized, with the female head being reduced to a few schematic forms and lines.

SOTHEBYS’ SALE of German & Austrian Art February 5, 2007

Alexej von Jawlensky painted Resi (est: £800,000-1,000,000/€1,190,000-1,780,000) in 1909. The work belongs to an important series of Expressionist portraits that Jawlensky (1864-1941) executed in the years leading up to the First World War. Reflecting the influence of Fauve art, while at the same time demonstrating the characteristic features of the artist’s own expressionist style, the series is characterised by the rich colours associated with Van Gogh and the Fauves – colours which the artist was to abandon in his later, more geometric and abstract works. The rich and expressive works from 1908 and 1909 rank among Jawlensky’s strongest and finest portraits.
Sotheby's 2014

Alexej von Jawlensky
LOT SOLD. 662,500 GBP
 Sotheby's 2013

Alexej von Jawlensky
LOT SOLD. 1,665,250 GBP 

Alexej von Jawlensky
LOT SOLD. 338,500 GBP

Sotheby's 2008

Alexej von Jawlensky
LOT SOLD. 9,428,500 GBP 

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Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941)
Heilandsgesicht, Dornenkrone


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