Meditation No. 70. 1934. Oil on paper with canvas embossing, laminated on board. Monogrammed in lower left, dated in lower right. Verso signed, dated and inscribed. 17.7 x 12.7 cm (6.9 x 5 in). Backing board: 32,5 x 25 cm ( 12,7 x 9,8 in).
- From the important work group of the "Meditation" - From the possession of Emmy "Galka" Scheyer. - This is one of the very few Meditations with particularly intense colors and in pastose manner. Accompanied by a certificate issued by the Alexej von Jawlensky Archive S.A., Muralto, confirming the work's inclusion into the catalog raisonné. The work will be publicized in the 4th volume of the series "Bild und Wissenschaft. Forschungsbeiträge zu Leben und Werk Alexej von Jawlenskys".
PROVENANCE: Emmy Galka Scheyer, in commission from the artist since September 1934 - presumably until 1945. Presumably Milton Wichner, Los Angeles. Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles , since 1958 (with label on frame covering) Collection Stanley Barbee, Los Angeles Collection Robert and Jane Rau, New York. Estate Jane Rau.
EXHIBITION: German Watercolor/ Painting, Place of the Legion of Honor, San Fracisco, 1936. Homage to Jawlensky - Retrospective. Nierendorf Gallery, New York, May 1939, no. 77 (verso with gallery label). Alexej Jawlensky. Works from 1935-1936, Cornish School, Seattle, 1939, no. 4. Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, 1944. 19th and 20th Century Masters, Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, June 9 - July 12, 1958.
LITERATURE: Parke-Bernet, New York, November 11, 1959, lot 36 Bonhams New York, November 13, 2018, lot 23. "The Meditations mark the peak of Jawlensky's lifework. In thme he had attained his true style. Unmistakably, they are his signature works" Clemens Weiler, Jawlensky, Köpfe - Gesichter - Meditationen, Hanau 1970, p. 23.