Abstract Head: Symphony in Pink, Alexej von Jawlensky
Alexej von Jawlensky
Abstract Head: Symphony in Pink
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Alexej von Jawlensky

Abstract Head: Symphony in Pink, 1929


Dimensions
36.6 x 27.7 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas, mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
1855
Acquisition
Acquired in 1932 as a gift from Robert von Hirsch, withdrawn 1933, restituted 1964
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Dot, dot, comma, dash... Although the painting is reduced to a minimum as regards form, Jawlensky's 'Abstract Head: Symphony in Pink' and other such works are simple only at first sight. The artist, a member of the Blauer Reiter group, associated works of this kind with his search for a universally valid archaic image of the human face. Jawlensky began his series of 'Abstract Heads' in 1918. They comprise 251 works which alternate between abstraction and figuration. The deeply pious Russian saw himself as continuing in the tradition of Russian and Byzantine art and intentionally referenced icon paintings in his work.

About the Donation

When Robert von Hirsch (1883–1977) began to collect art at the age of twenty-four, his interest was in Impressionism and modern art. In the 1920s he began to include works by the Old Masters, such as Dürer, Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt. His house in Bockenheimer Landstrasse was a popular meeting point for art lovers in Frankfurt, until von Hirsch emigrated to Basel in 1933. He continued to feel a close link with the Städel from his exile in Switzerland.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Abstract Head: Symphony in Pink
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas, mounted on cardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert unten links: A. J.
Datiert unten rechts: 29
Signiert, bezeichnet und datiert verso oben rechts: A. Jawlensky Symphonie in Rosa 1929

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1932 as a gift from Robert von Hirsch, withdrawn 1933, restituted 1964

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Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 31A221(+1) head (human) (+ front view)
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15.05.2019