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Abstract Head: Winter Ringing, 1927

Alexei Jawlensky

Russian, 1864-1941
Oil and pencil on textured cardboard
16-3/4 x 12-3/4 in. (42.5 x 32.4 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
© Norton Simon Museum

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As Jawlensky explored the human face during the 1920s, he reduced it to simple geometrical patterns. He further confined the space so that the boundaries did not move beyond the eyebrows, chin, and ears. His form for these "Constructivist Heads" was based on geometric planes disposed around the vertical axis of the nose, the horizontal of the eyes, and the complimentary arches of the eyebrows and chin.

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