Mystical Head: The Poison Blossom

Mystical Head: The Poison Blossom
Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
Oil and pencil on cardboard mounted on wood 
19-3/8 x 15-5/8 in. (49.2 x 39.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View

On the reverse of this painting, Jawlensky has inscribed: "If the light in you is extinguished, then a dark shadow of your own heart falls across your path. Be on guard against these terrible shadows. No light of your understanding can destroy the darknesses which flow out of your soul until all self-loving thoughts have been driven out."


The artist, gift to;
Galka Scheyer, by 1923;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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