Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin at the Lenbachhaus

Building on its already formidable collection of German Expressionist paintings, the Lenbachhaus, Munich, is expanding its temporary exhibits of major Expressionist painters.

This winter it is a parallel retrospective of Jawlensky and Werefkin who moved to Munich From St. Petersburg in 1894 and stayed until forced out by war (as enemy aliens) in 1914.

Jawlensky Self-Portrait 1912

Werefkin Self-Portrait 1910

One of the most striking features of the exhibition is an assembly of different “meditations” on the human face, an idea that preoccupied Jawlensky from about 1916 to 1936.

Mystical Head 1918

Meditation the Prayer 1922

Abstract Head: Original Form 1918

Abstract Head: Love 1925

Also striking was the number of paintings by Werefkin beginning with early Russian works through to the end of her career in Ascona, Switzerland. Substantial loans from the museum she founded in Ascona helped.

Girl’s Boarding School 1907

Corpus Christi 1911

Rapture of Love 1917

Debts to Edvard Munch, Vasily Kandinsky and Vincent Van Gogh are noticeable.

The exhibition continues until February. #lenbachhaus #munich #expressionism

Published by Rambling Laywer

Trying to spend more time seeing the world at a walking pace.

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