Blumenstrauss in Vase. Um 1916. Oil over pencil on light, gray-violet board. Jawlensky/Pieroni-Jawlensky 852. Lower right monogrammed. 34.6 x 24.3 cm (13.6 x 9.5 in), the full sheet.
One of the few flower still lives from around 1916.
PROVENANCE: Dr. Conrad Doebbeke, Berlin. Lempertz, 451. auction, Cologne 1958, cat. no. 136 with illu. plate 15. Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett, Roman Norbert Ketterer, 33. auction, Stuttgart 29/30 May 1959, cat. no. 364, illu. on plate 38. Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.
After his expulsion from Germany at the outbreak of World War I and the relocation to St. Prex on Lake Geneva, Jawlensky faced the beginning of a period in which he worked up themes fe found in his domestic environment. Next to the imaginary portrait, which saw its fulfillment in the famous Meditations, Jawlensky's artistic creation was dominated by still lives in ever new variations. His flower pictures, at times quite realistic, are expressions of a style that has little to do with what can actually be seen. Just as it is the case with his portrait heads, Jawlensky also shows his preference for abstract forms in this works. Forms and colors that convey an idea of reality rather that an image thereof. This way the artist is able to devise a canon of colors that evolves an independent life, in this case provided by the duality of shades of red and green. Entirely following his intuition, the basis of all of Jawlensky's artistic activities, he develops a composition with harmonious color components that deserves an honorable position in his oeuvre.