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Large Variation: Wide Path, 1916

Alexei Jawlensky

Russian, 1864-1941
Oil and pencil on textured wove paper, mounted on cardboard
21-5/8 x 14-1/8 in. (54.9 x 35.9 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
P.1953.097
© Norton Simon Museum

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Jawlensky's Variations are colored, almost abstract meditations upon a few unchanging forms distilled from tree shapes. They clearly foreshadow the icon-like quality of his later work, with its eternal repetition of meditative signs. In a letter he wrote to Galka Scheyer in 1919, Jawlensky said, "Klee did not approve of. . .my pictures. . . .he said they are too intellectual, too thought out. I think all of that is wrong."

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