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Savior's Face: Starlight, 1921

Alexei Jawlensky

Russian, 1864-1941
Oil and pencil on wove paper mounted on board
13-7/8 x 10-1/2 in. (35.2 x 26.7 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
© Norton Simon Museum

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After 1920, Jawlensky confined himself almost exclusively to frontal views of faces. He further simplified his forms until the essential elements of the face alone dominated the picture. He did not aim at pure abstraction, as did Kandinsky, but rather his view was always based on nature. Even after his simplification and stylization of the facial form, the image of the face was always recognizable.

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