Stillleben: Profil einer Terrakottafigur. 1936. Oil on canvas. Jawlensky/Pieroni-Jawlensky 1800. Lower left monogrammed and lower right dated. Signed in lower right of backing board and dated "Weihnachten 1938" in lower left, as well as inscribed with a personal dedication: "Herrn Dr. Max Kugel / mit innigster Verehrung / und Freundschaft / A. Jawlensky". Inscribed "II. 1936" by Lisa Kümmel in lower left of backing board and "N. 1" in lower right. Additionally inscribed "A. Jawlensky / 1936 II. / N I." by Lisa Kümmel on the reverse. 18.3 x 14 cm (7.2 x 5.5 in). Backing board: 32,5 x 25 cm (12,8 x 9,8 in). [CH]. • Work in strong colors in which Jawlensky transfers the traditional genre of the still life into his own characteristic style through a subtle play with perspective, abstraction and reduction, contrasts and overlays. • Document of Jawlensky's great creative power despite the constraints that came with his illness. • The artist found inspiration in his immediate surroundings and combined his objectswith his personal sensation to form a sophisticated and subtle composition. • In 1938 gifted from the artist to Dr. Max Kugel, collector and patron of Jawlensky, from Wiesbaden • Owing to his progressinge illness the personal dedication on this work is likely one of Jawlensky's last inscriptions.
PROVENANCE: Collction Dr. Max Kugel, Wiesbaden (gifted from the artist in 1938). Private collection Germany. Galerie Thomas, Munich. Private collection Rhineland. Private collection Northern Germany (inherited from above).
"Recently I have painted still-lifes only. [..] What I have seen and what my soul has seen." Alexej von Jawlensky to Galka Scheyer, July 1937, quote from: Maria Jawlensky, Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky and Angelica Jawlensky (editors), Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Vol. Three 1934-1937, Munich 1993, p. 13.