Soulmates / Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin
Alexej von Jawlensky Protected content and Marianne von Werefkin Protected content were prominent members of the Expressionist avant-garde; with their art and their outsize personalities, they helped usher in modernism. Their works have never been shown together in one exhibition, and our presentation is the first to turn the spotlight on their relationship. Living and working together, they were soulmates for almost three decades.
After they left Saint Petersburg for Munich in Protected content , Werefkin put her own creative ambitions on hold for ten years to dedicate herself to nurturing Jawlensky’s talent and study the art theory and contemporary art production of the time. Jawlensky started experimenting with still lifes and figure paintings, genres in which he found crucial inspiration in van Gogh.
In Murnau, where the two artists joined Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter to paint in Protected content , they found their characteristic expressive and boldly colorful styles. Jawlensky’s landscapes from Murnau grew increasingly abstract; Werefkin, meanwhile, developed a specific mode of figure painting with which she probed a human existence at the mercy of inscrutable forces both supernatural and psychological.
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