Alexej VON JAWLENSKY 1864 — 1941
Олексій Георгієвич ЯВЛЕНСЬКИЙ • Алексей Георгиевич ЯВЛЕНСКИЙ
Alexej von Jawlensky was born in Torzhok, Russia in 1864. Russian painter known for his expressive portraits and abstract portraits with mystical tones in late works. In 1889 Jawlensky abandoned his successful army career and started studying art with Ilya Repin. In 1896 the artist moved to Munich in order to detach himself from the realism tradition. There he met Wassily Kandinsky. In 1905 Jawlensky worked with Matisse in Paris. Both Kandinsky and Matisse greatly influenced works by Jawlensky. Upon his return to Munich, Jawlensky joined the Society of artists abstractionists. Yet, he was more involved with the Blue Raider group. In 1924, Jawlensky, together with Kandinsky, Klee and Feininger organized the Blue Four group. The artist died in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1941.