Still Life with a Purple Bowl, Alexej von Jawlensky
Alexej von Jawlensky
Still Life with a Purple Bowl
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Alexej von Jawlensky

Still Life with a Purple Bowl, 1912

49.8 x 53.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1973 as a gift from Hanna Bekker vom Rath
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 15


About the Work

Only at a second glance can the still life can be recognised as such from the composition of simplified objects with black contours. The artist drew the outlines in charcoal and then filled the spaces with bright complementary colours (red/green, blue/orange, yellow/purple). Jawlensky later wrote that he was able to express that which “vibrated” inside him through colours and forms. The influence of the French artist Henri Matisse is reflected in this abstract style and its relinquishing of a spatial perspective.

About the Acquisition

The painter, collector and art dealer Hanna Bekker vom Rath (1893–1983) did more than maintain personal contact with the artist Alexei von Jawlensky - from 1927 onwards she promoted his fame with tremendous energy through a circle of supporters, the 'Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunst von A. v. Jawlensky' (Society of Friends of the Art of A. v. Jawlensky) in Wiesbaden. Jawlensky's Frankfurt-born patron also supported numerous artists of her generation and thus contributed in no small way to the revival of Modernism after the end of the Second World War.

Work Data

Basic Information

Still Life with a Purple Bowl
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert oben links: A. Jawlensky

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1973 as a gift from Hanna Bekker vom Rath

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 41C38 laid table as still life
  • 41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase
  • 41C653 fruit

Research and Discussion


Object History
Erworben von Hanna Bekker vom Rath (1893-1983), Hofheim als Jahresgabe der Vereinigung der Freunde der Kunst von Alexej von Jawlensky, Wiesbaden
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, lt. Inventarbuch "zum 7. September 1968" [75. Geburtstag der Schenkerin] angekündigt und endgültig vollzogen 1973.


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