Mystical Head: The Poison Blossom

Mystical Head: The Poison Blossom
Artist:
Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
Date:
1918
Medium:
Oil and pencil on cardboard mounted on wood 
Dimensions:
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:
P.1953.158 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Museum 
On View
Description

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."

Provenance:

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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