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 Alexej Jawlensky

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Alexej Jawlensky

  • Birth 26 Mar 1864
  • Death 15 Mar 1941 Wiesbaden, Wiesbadener Stadtkreis, Hessen, Germany
  • Burial Wiesbaden, Wiesbadener Stadtkreis, Hessen, Germany
  • Memorial ID 37396916

Alexej von Jawlensky, a contributor to Expressionism was born near Torschok in Russia. The son of a colonel and was himself destined to become an officer. While stationed in St. Petersburg, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and in 1896, left the service and moved to Munich and studied with Anton Azbé. In Munich he met Wassily Kandinsky, who was to become one of the founders of abstract (non-objective) painting.
Travels in Europe and especially through France introduced Jawlensky to modern art developments. He worked for awhile in Henri Matisse's studio. After his return to Munich he met Paul Klee and Franz Marc and joined them and Kandinsky in the most avant-garde artist group in southern Germany, the Neue Künstler Vereinigung München (New Artist Association Munich).
Jawlensky as a Russian had to leave Germany and settled in Switzerland during WWI. In 1921 Jawlensky returned to Wiesbaden, Germany and married Helen Nesnakomoff in 1922. In 1929 he began to suffer from arthritis and was forced to paint with both hands as he could no longer hold a brush; he was unable to paint at all after 1937. His art was declared "degenerate" by the Nazis in 1937 and 72 of his works were confiscated from collections in German museums.
Today he is primarily famous for the large number of portraits, which by 1916 were reduced to heads and which after 1918 became abstractions of faces.


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  • Created by: Bearded Graver
  • Added: 22 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37396916
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexej Jawlensky (26 Mar 1864–15 Mar 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37396916, citing Russischer Friedhof, Wiesbaden, Wiesbadener Stadtkreis, Hessen, Germany ; Maintained by Bearded Graver (contributor 46823107) .