Alexej von Jawlensky Painter

Birthday March 13, 1864
Birthplace Russia
Death Date Mar 15, 1941 (age 77)
Birth Sign Pisces


Russian artist who belonged to The Blue Four group in Germany and became known for his expressionist paintings. He was forced to give up painting in 1937 after battling crippling arthritis beginning in 1929.

Before Fame

He was trained in the private school of Anton Ažbe. He was lifelong friends with Jan Verkade and Paul Sérusier.


He was most famous for two series of paintings: "The Mystical Heads" and "The Saviour's Faces," which he created from 1917 to 1920.

Family Life

He was one of five children born in Torzhok, Russia, to Georgi von Jawlensky and Alexandra Medwedewa. He had a son named Andreas with his wife Helene Nesnakomoff.

Associated With

He and fellow artist Wassily Kandinsky were key figures in the formation of the New Munich Artists' Association.


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