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Mystical Head: The Poison Blossom, 1918

Alexei Jawlensky

Russian, 1864-1941
Oil and pencil on cardboard mounted on wood
19-3/8 x 15-5/8 in. (49.2 x 39.7 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

On the reverse of this painting, Jawlensky has inscribed: "If the light in you is extinguished, then a dark shadow of your own heart falls across your path. Be on guard against these terrible shadows. No light of your understanding can destroy the darknesses which flow out of your soul until all self-loving thoughts have been driven out."

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