Oil on canvas-structured paper, laminated on board
€ 40,000 / $ 48,000
€ 107,500 / $ 129.000 (incl. 25% surcharge)
Meditation. 1935. Oil on canvas-structured paper, laminated on board. Jawlensky/Pieroni-Jawlensky/Jawlensky 1731. Lower left monogrammed, lower right dated. Backing board dated and inscribed by Lisa Kümmel in lower left, as well as inscribed "N. 20" in lower right. 18.6 x 13.3 cm (7.3 x 5.2 in). Backing board: 32,5 x 25 cm (12,7 x 9,8 in).
• Part of the same private collection ever since it was made. • In the "Meditations" Jawlensky reached the climax of his abstraction. • His last work series is an expression of the artist's unbowed creative powers and innovative lust for experimentation.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Wiesbaden (obtained as present from the artist). Private collection Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (inherited from aforementioned).
EXHIBITION: Galerie Ludwig Hillesheimer, Wiesbaden, May 29 - June 25, 1948, cat. no. 27 (with the title "Kopf Nr. 20"). Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (as permanent loan from 1992-2004). Espressionismo Tedesco. La collezione del Museum am Ostwall di Dortmund, Archivio del '900, Rovereto, April 8 - June 26, 1994 (with color illu. on p. 193). Alexej von Jawlensky. Reisen, Freunde, Wandlungen, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, August 16 - November 15, 1998 (with color illu. on p. 305). Monets Vermächtnis. Serie Ordnung und Obsession, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, September 28, 2001 - January 6, 2002 (with color illu. on p. 85). Alexej von Jawlensky. Magische Bilder, Kunsthalle Krems, April 27 - September 21, 2003 (with color illu. on p. 130). Pommersches Landesmuseum, Greifswald (as permanent loan from 2004 to 2021).
LITERATURE: Ingo Bartsch and Tayfun Belgin, Meisterwerke des Expressionismus und der Klassischen Moderne, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund 1995 (with color illu. on p. 70). "I used very small formats for the works of my last creative period, but the images are far deeper and more spiritual, speaking solely through the color. As I felt that I would not be able to work in the future because of my illness, I began to work on the Meditations like a maniac. And now I leave these small but meaningful pictures to future art lovers." Alexej von Jawlensky, quote after: Ex. cat. Alexej von Jawlensky. Reisen, Freunde, Wandlungen, Dortmund 1998, p. 119.