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Alexej von Jawlensky

Reclining woman

chalk on paper
1912
47 x 62 cm / 18 1/2 x 24 3/8 in.
signed lower left

Jawlensky created the drawing in Munich in 1912, the year he left the artists association Neue Künstlervereinigung München (NKVM), which he had co-founded. He lived and worked in Giselastrasse, together with Marianne von Werefkin and her ward Helene, who had born his son Andreas in 1902. The models came from the Academy of Art, because his respect for Werefkin and for Helene, the mother of his son, was too great to draw or paint either of them in the nude. The body of the woman is drawn with very few sure lines, bordered by the hatching typical for that period.

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