Variation: Summer Blessing

Variation: Summer Blessing
Artist:
Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
Date:
1916
Medium:
Oil on textured wove paper mounted on cardboard 
Dimensions:
14-1/4 x 10-3/4 in. (36.2 x 27.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
P.1953.139 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Museum 
On View
Description

Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, Jawlensky fled to Switzerland, settling in St. Prex on Lake Geneva. After his move, he abandoned portraiture and worked on a series of landscapes in a smaller, vertical format. He said of these works, "I painted a great many pictures which I called �Variations on a Landscape Theme.' They are songs without words."

Provenance:

The artist;
Galka Scheyer, by 1920;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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