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Variation: Summer Blessing, 1916

Alexei Jawlensky

Russian, 1864-1941
Oil on textured wove paper mounted on cardboard
14-1/4 x 10-3/4 in. (36.2 x 27.3 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, Jawlensky fled to Switzerland, settling in St. Prex on Lake Geneva. After his move, he abandoned portraiture and worked on a series of landscapes in a smaller, vertical format. He said of these works, "I painted a great many pictures which I called �Variations on a Landscape Theme.' They are songs without words."

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