Inspiration from A. Jawlensky exhibition in Emden

This weekend we went to the exhibition “Jawlensky Horizon” in Emden, Germany. As it was Sunday and the last day for the exhibition, so it was pretty crowded.

According to the Kunsthalle Emden the exhibition was marking 150th birthday of the Russian artist Alexej Jawlensky (13 March 1864 – 15 March 1941) and honoring the leading protagonist of Classical Modern Art.

Works exhibited were mainly from the years 1900-1914. They were shown with other influencing artists like Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Kees van Dongen, Maurice Vlaminck, Henri Matisse and others. Jawlensky got influenced and inspired by those artist who broke out from the mainstream realism and impressionist world.

It is quite impressive how the painter moves through time and discovering continuously new directions and expressions, to eventually finding his own unique style as a mature artist in his late 50s and 60s.

The essence for me is the transformation of images and the insight of the artist that he eventually found for himself: It is not the external reality of an object but rather the artist’s own soul that gets expressed through the pictures to the viewer’s world.

Unfortunately his later pictures were not shown, where Alexej Jawlensky went even further into abstraction and color expressions, e.g. Variations, his abstract head series (Mystic Heads, Faces of Saints), and Meditations.

As Always after visiting an exhibition I translate my experience into my own pictures and expressions. So here you can find the picture I did after my return home.

expressive figurative art by Stefan J Schaffeld, 70x50cm, gouache on paper
© Stefan J Schaffeld, gouache on paper, 70x50cm

 


 

For more insight the Kunsthalle published also video on their webpage (http://kunsthalle-emden.de) – it is in german, but many images are shown.

 

There is another video on Jawlensky’s art (Young Girl in a Flowered Hat, 1910) that I would like to share here:

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