Galerie Thomas has paid tribute to Alexej von Jawlensky’s painting for a long time: one of our exhibition highlights includes a major show from 1978, in which we presented 100 of his works that had never been shown before. Therefore, we are all the more pleased that, over the years, we have been able to offer you selected masterpieces by Jawlensky, such as this still life from 1907.
Still lifes played an important role in both Jawlensky’s early and late work and, especially in the beginning, provided a suitable subject for his artistic development. After the turn of the century, Jawlensky found important inspiration in the Parisian avant-garde, which made a lasting impression on him during his trips to France and significantly influenced his visual language: from the Neo-Impressionists to Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin to Henri Matisse and the Fauves. The dialog with his partner Marianne von Werefkin, Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter, which began in 1908 with a summer of painting together in Murnau, also proved to be fruitful. Within this group of artists, from which the Neue Künstlervereinigung München and ultimately the Blaue Reiter emerged in various formations, Jawlensky was regarded as the most 'advanced.'
Color and form were decisive parameters for him, by means of which he achieved maximum expression. Instead of a naturalistic depiction, Jawlensky put his subjective impressions and feelings at the center of his artistic work. In doing so, he focused on a simple formal language and demonstrated a special sense of color: on the one hand, the coloring he chose demonstrated great intensity and, on the other, was able to blend harmoniously into the overall composition, as the present still life demonstrates. The painting is not only of outstanding quality, but also one of the extraordinary works inspired by Paul Cézanne.
Enjoy the visual pleasure of this unique fruit arrangement and let yourself be seduced by the beauty of the apples and pears!