Abstract Head: Winter Ringing

Abstract Head: Winter Ringing
Artist:
Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
Date:
1927  
Medium:
Oil and pencil on textured cardboard 
Dimensions:
16-3/4 x 12-3/4 in. (42.5 x 32.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
P.1953.105 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View
Description

As Jawlensky explored the human face during the 1920s, he reduced it to simple geometrical patterns. He further confined the space so that the boundaries did not move beyond the eyebrows, chin, and ears. His form for these "Constructivist Heads" was based on geometric planes disposed around the vertical axis of the nose, the horizontal of the eyes, and the complimentary arches of the eyebrows and chin.

Provenance:

The artist, to;
Galka Scheyer, 1928 and purchased from the artist 20 March 1931;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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