Black Tree - Bordighera

Black Tree - Bordighera
Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941)
Oil on cardboard 
20-7/8 x 19-3/8 in. (53.0 x 49.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
On View

The Mediterranean resort of Bordighera, famous for its sunshine and palm trees, had already been portrayed many times by the Impressionists Monet and Renoir when Jawlensky traveled there on holiday in March 1914. Painted on the back of this sheet is a sunny interior with an open window, perhaps the artist’s hotel room. Though a bright green spray of palm fronds occupies the center foreground of the recto composition, more somber colors—for stone pines, rooftops, and the sea—predominate. A Russian citizen, Jawlensky had settled in Munich in 1896 and begun exhibiting with the Expressionist Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) group there in 1912; he was expelled from Germany a few months after painting this picture, upon the outbreak of World War I.


The artist;
Galka Scheyer, by the 1930s;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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