Mystical Head: Head of an Angel

Mystical Head: Head of an Angel
Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
Oil and pencil on textured cardboard 
13-7/8 x 12 in. (35.2 x 30.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View

The compositional oval sweeps of the landscape "Variations," and their flat, broad color areas are still evident in Jawlensky's series of female heads. This work, probably a portrait of Scheyer, is inscribed on the reverse: "To love means to live the life of him whom one loves. A. J." The pose of the head, however, and the prominent eyes, brow, and line of the nose, as well as the richness of the surface, are all reminiscent of the religious imagery of the artist's Russian youth.


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

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