Note card Jawlensky's "Spring"
Alexei von Jawlensky (Russian (active Germany), 1864–1941)
"Spring," 1912

For Russian-born Alexei Jawlensky the motif itself was of secondary importance. As early as 1905 he had written that "apples, trees, human forms are for me only suggestions to see something else in them-the life of color, seized with a lover's passion." Spring is typical of Jawlensky's approach during this especially fertile period between 1911 and 1914. As with Nolde, whom Jawlensky greatly admired, the colors are not rooted in any particular optical experience, but are vessels of emotion, of "an inner ecstasy." Except for the blue of the collar, the palette consists entirely of two complementary pairs. Red and green are dominant, concentrated in the dress and background respectively, while a thick green contour defines each component of the image. Violet and yellow constitute a subordinate pair, the violet restricted to the hair and shaded neck, while yellow illumines parts of the face and enframes, like an aura, the already radiant head. A warm glow emanates from this harmony, so vibrant yet delicate.

Box of ten 5 x 7" note cards with envelopes.

Item #012619