Savior's Face: Starlight

Savior's Face: Starlight
Artist:
Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
Date:
1921
Medium:
Oil and pencil on wove paper mounted on board 
Dimensions:
13-7/8 x 10-1/2 in. (35.2 x 26.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
P.1953.156 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View
Description

After 1920, Jawlensky confined himself almost exclusively to frontal views of faces. He further simplified his forms until the essential elements of the face alone dominated the picture. He did not aim at pure abstraction, as did Kandinsky, but rather his view was always based on nature. Even after his simplification and stylization of the facial form, the image of the face was always recognizable.

Provenance:

The artist, sold ca. 1922-1924 to;
Galka Scheyer;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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