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Abstrakter Kopf: Inneres Schauen-Grau-Blau-Rosa (Abstract Head: Inner Vision-Grey-Blue-Pink)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Abstrakter Kopf: Inneres Schauen-Grau-Blau-Rosa (Abstract Head: Inner Vision-Grey-Blue-Pink)

Artist: Alexei von Jawlensky (Russian, active Germany, 1864 - 1941)
Date: 1927
Medium: Oil on board
Dimensions:
Frame: 21 1/2 × 17 3/4 in. (54.6 × 45.1 cm.)
Canvas (/image): 17 × 13 5/16 in. (43.2 × 33.8 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Jacqueline and Myron Blank, 2003.271
Accession number: 2003.271
Classification: painting
Copyright:ARS
Label TextMany artists of the Modernist era, including Brancusi, Picasso, and Matisse, experimented with abstraction by depicting the human face with only the most basic use of line and shape. Jawlensky dedicated a large series to this pursuit, which would become his best known work. Like many of his contemporaries, he found inspiration not only in the folk art of his homeland (Russia), but masks from Africa and Southeast Asia. Jawlensky intended his painting to be seen as both an abstract composition of color and shape and a mystical image of an archetypal human face.
Religious folk art and Russian-Orthodox iconography are clearly the basis for this rich, sympathetic visage, an image rather than a portrait, bathed in a glow of intense color. Source: NEWS Jnauary February March 2004
SignedA Jawlensky (verso center)
InscriptionA. K. 1927 "Inneres Schauen" Grau-Blau-Rosa (verso center)
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