Alexej von Jawlensky
Oil on board, 1910
Bequest of Earle W. Grant
© San Diego Museum of Art
When In Time
American Civil War begins
Jawlensky born in Russia
Thomas Edison invents the electric light
Statue of Liberty is given to the U.S. from
Red Blossom is painted
In the U.S., women are granted the right to vote
First modern airplane with
Jawlensky dies in Germany
Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American baseball player in the major leagues
Who What When Where Why
Who is the
Alexej von Jawlensky
What is the name of the artwork?
What materials were used?
Oil on board
Where is the artist from?
When was the artwork made?
Alexej von Jawlensky was born in Torzhok, Russia on
March 26, 1864. As a young
man, Jawlensky went to school to become a soldier. When he was 16
he went to the World Exhibition in Moscow. It was here that Jawlensky
for the first time and he knew at once that wanted to become an
1889, Jawlensky moved to St. Petersburg and began to take art classes.
In 1896, Jawlensky left Russia and moved to Munich, Germany to study art. From here, he traveled throughout Europe, meeting important artists along the way. On one of his trips to France, in 1905, Jawlensky began to paint with colors, showing not what he saw, but how he felt. He used this style to paint still-life, portraits, and landscapes.
Red Blossom is one of Alexej von
portraits. An abstract portrait is a picture
of a person that doesn't look realistic.
In Red Blossom, one can tell that this is a picture of a
woman, but the
colors used along with the shape of her face do not look
chose to paint this way because he thought it was more important
emotions and feeling through colors than to copy reality.
Did the artist use warm or cool colors in this portrait? How do these colors make you feel?
Would you like to meet this person? Why or why not? What do you think she would be like?
If you were going to paint a portrait, who would it be of? What colors would you use in your portrait? Why?
Abstract - a type of artwork
the artist changes the appearance so it no longer looks realistic.
Cool - colors that remind you of cool things: blue, green, and violet.
Landscape - an artwork that shows scenes from nature.
Portrait - a picture of a person, usually showing the face .
Still life - an artwork that shows inanimate objects, like a bowl of fruit.
Warm - colors that remind you of warm things: red, yellow, and orange.