Kleiner abstrakter Kopf. 1934. Oil on paper, laid on backing board by the artist. Jawlensky/Pieroni-Jawlensky 2359 (addenda). Lower left monogrammed. Verso signed, dated and inscribed "N 197 J.". 15.6 x 11.3 cm (6.1 x 4.4 in), the full sheet. This painting is mentioned as no. 8 on a list of works that Jawlensky sent to Emmy Galka Scheyer on December 1, 1934 an . [CH]. • Notable provenance: Part of the collections of Galka Scheyer and later Eric Warburg, USA. • From the work series that explores the relation between man and god. • In 1934 the artist already worked on his "Meditations", whereas this work shows the composition features characteristic of the "Abstract Heads". • This "Small Abstarct Head" seems liek an abstract of all 'Heads' and 'Faces' on the path to the mature 'Meditation'.
Accompanied by a photo expertise issued by the Alexej von Jawlensky-Archive S. A., Locarno, on October 22, 2003. The work will be included into the addenda of the catalog raisonné of paintings.
PROVENANCE: Emilie Ester (Galka) Scheyer, Los Angeles, USA (obtained from the artist in 1934; the painting was one a list of works that Jawlensky sent to Scheyer as commissions in 1934). Collection Eric M. Warburg (1900-1990), USA. Private collection (as present from aforementioned). Collection Lauber, Hesse (from 2005). Private collection Rhineland.
LITERATURE: Sotheby’s, London, February 4, 2004, lot 267 (with color illu.).