Child with Doll
c. 1910
Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
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By 1910 Alexei Jawlensky was settled in the art scene in Munich, having moved there to escape the academicism fostered in Saint Petersburg where he trained. He was familiar with the work of the great colorist Henri Matisse through his trips to Paris, and several of his paintings executed around this time suggest that he was influenced by the Frenchman’s resplendent palette. In this painting Jawlensky has flattened broad, decorative shapes by enclosing them in thick outlines, and has used the bare cardboard background as an additional color element. The vibrant color, coupled with the sketch-like quality of the brushwork, speaks of a virtuosity in paint handling seen also among his contemporary German colleagues. A motif that intrigued the artist, a child holding a doll features in several works from this era, among them an image of his only son, Andreas.


  • Artist Name: Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
  • Title: Child with Doll
  • Date: c. 1910
  • Medium: Oil on paper mounted on cardboard
  • Dimensions: 27-1/4 x 20-1/8 in. (69.2 x 51.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
  • Accession Number: P.1953.086a,b
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Museum

Object Information

The artist;
Galka Scheyer, by the 1930s;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

Alexei Jawlensky: A Centennial Exhibition

  • Pasadena Art Museum, 1964-04-14 to 1964-05-19
  • Rose Art Museum, 1964-11-09 to 1964-12-13
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1965-01-04 to 1965-02-07
  • University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, 1965-03-01 to 1965-03-31
  • University of New Mexico, Art Museum, 1965-10-17 to 1965-11-23
  • Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, 1965-12-07 to 1966-01-16

Gesamt-Ausstellung Alexei von Jawlensky

  • Fritz Gurlitt (Gallery), 1920-06 to 1920-07
  • Munich, Galerie Hans Goltz, 1920-08-16 to 1920-09-11
  • Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, 1920-09-30 to 1920-10-28
  • Frankfurt-am-Main, Galerie Schames, 1920-11 to 1920-12
  • Wiesbaden, Nassauischer Kunstverein und Wiesbadener Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunste, 1921-01-09 to 1921-02
  • Barmen, Kunstverein/Ruhmeshalle, 1921-03 to 1921-04
  • Dusseldorf, Graphisches Kabinett J. B. Neumann, 1921-05 to 1921-06
  • Mannheim, Kunsthalle, 1921-11-06 to 1921-12-04
  • Essen, Kunstmuseum, 1922-02 to 1922-03

Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, Paul Klee. The Blue Four Galka E. Scheyer Collection

  • Pasadena, Pasadena Art Museum, 1955-05-27 to 1955-08-30

The Blue Four and Their Contemporaries

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1991-06-20 to 1992-05-24

The Spirit of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in the New World

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1994-11-17 to 1996-01-14

Visions and Icons: the Art of Alexei Jawlensky

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1990-01-18 to 1991-04-14

East Meets West: Russian Art from the 18th through the 20th Century

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1987-10-01 to 1988-04-17

The Blue Four-Galka Scheyer Collection From The Norton Simon Museum

  • Henry Art Gallery, 1997-07-17 to 1997-10-05

Bauhaus Painters; Spirit of Modernism: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, El Lissitzky, Oskar Schlemmer, Alexander Archipenko, Alexei Jawlensky and Others

  • Seoul, Ho-Am Art Museum, 1996-02-08 to 1996-04-28

Permanent and Loan Collection, 1973

  • Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, 1973-01-30 to 1973-12-31

Alexei Jawlensky (1864-1941)

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2007-05-04 to 2007-11-05

The Galka Scheyer Collection: Klee, Nolde, Jawlensky, Moholy-Nagy, Schmidt-Rottluff, Schwitters, Archipenko, Kandinsky, Lissitzky, Feininger, Kirchner, Dix_1

  • La Jolla, Art Center in La Jolla, 1960-07-05 to 1960-08-14

My Four Kings: Galka Scheyer and the Blue Four

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2002-12-13 to 2003-04-14
  • Haas, Robert B., Du, p. 33
  • The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection, Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, 1976, no. 105 pp. 45, 59
  • Jawlensky, 1990, p. 2
  • Jawlensky, Maria; Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky, and Angelica Jawlensky, Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, 1890-1914, 1991, no. 321
  • Barnett, Vivian Endicott, The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum, 2002, no. 111 pp. 88-90
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Additional Artwork by Artist

Abstract Head: Small Head on Wood Alexei Jawlensky 1921
Head Alexei Jawlensky 1912
Head Inclined to the Right, with Closed Eyes Alexei Jawlensky c. 1922

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