MUSIC OF TH HEART
I knew that I must paint, not what I saw, but only what was in my soul. Figuratively speaking, it was like this: in my heart I felt as if there were an organ, which I had to sound. And nature, which I saw before me, only prompted me. And that was a key that unlocked the organ that made it sound….
Alexej von Jawlensky, Memoirs
(Note: today’s blog is the second part of a series highlighting artists from the exhibition Gauguin to Picasso, now showing at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. through January 10, 2015).
Russian artist Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941), usually associated with the German Expressionist movement, began his career as a military officer. However, he eventually chose the path of an artist, leaving his native country at age 32 for Munich, where he joined the avant-garde circle of Kandinsky, Gabriele Munter, and Franz Marc, among others. Like his colleagues, Jawlensky believed that painting, particularly color as well as form, was ultimately a means to communicate his inner spirit and soul.
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