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Black Tree - Bordighera, 1914

Alexei Jawlensky

Russian, 1864-1941
Oil on cardboard
20-7/8 x 19-3/8 in. (53.0 x 49.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
P.1953.571
© Norton Simon Museum

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In March 1914, Alexei Jawlensky created a dozen oil paintings on cardboard while vacationing in Bordighera on the Italian Riviera. Bordighera, famous for its mild climate, is a resort not far from San Remo on the Mediterranean. Black Tree—Bordighera offers a view of rooftops and vegetation, with the water appearing in the distance.

Many of these cardboard paintings are double-sided, and Black Tree is no exception. On the verso, Jawlensky takes a few steps back from the window to portray the sunlit villa interior above the seaside town. Interior with Open Window repeats the deep blues, mauves and pinks of the present image.

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