Lot 549: Russian expressionist painter (1864–1941) active in Germany as a member of the New Munich Artist's Association and Der Blaue Reiter. Two untranslated ALSs in German: one signed "Alexej," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 7 x 9, September 2, 1930; and the second signed "A. Jawlensky," one page on a 5.75 x 4 postcard, September 26, 1935. Postcard is also addressed on the reverse in his own hand, incorporating "A. Jawlensky" into the return address. Both are to art historian Mela Escherich, writing from his stay at a health spa. In overall fine condition. Beginning in 1929, Jawlensky suffered from progressively crippling arthritis—likely why he writes from a health spa in these letters—which necessitated a reduced scale and finally forced a cessation in his painting in 1937. A choice pairing of letters by this scarce and important artist.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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