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    Sale 7600

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    25 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 570

    Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941)

    Meditation

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    Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941)
    Meditation
    signed with the initials 'A.j.' (lower left); dated '34' (lower right); signed, dated and numbered 'A. Jawlensky 1934.N.111' (on the reverse)
    oil on linen-finish paper laid down on card
    6 7/8 x 5¼ in. (17.5 x 13.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1934


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    The catalogue raisonné states that, according to Dr Lühdorf, the present work hung above Jawlensky's bed and that he referred to it as 'my miniature'.

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    Provenance

    The artist's estate.
    Helene von Jawlensky, Wiesbaden.
    Dr Hans Lühdorf, Wiesbaden, by June 1943.
    Mrs Hanna Pawlak, Düsseldorf, a gift from the above at Christmas 1949, and thence by descent to the present owner.


    Literature

    C. Weiler, Jawlensky: Heads, Faces, Meditations, London, 1970, no. 369.
    M. Jawlensky, L. Pieroni-Jawlensky & A. Jawlensky, Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, vol. III, 1934-1937, London, 1993, no. 1522 (illustrated p. 97).


    Exhibited

    Düsseldorf, Galerie Nella Nebelung, Alexej von Jawlensky und Josef Hegenbarth, 1949.