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Alexej von Jawlensky

Alexej von Jawlensky

Known for a distinctly bold, abstract style, von Jawlensky (1864–1941) painted in an Expressionist style that favored conveying the artist’s perception over realistic rendering. After moving from military training in Moscow to study art in Germany, his work became strongly influenced by his friend Wassily Kandinsky, particularly in his use of vivid colors and abstracted style using geometric forms. His work would continue to develop in an increasingly abstract style, eventually moving towards completely abstracting his works into simplified color forms to express landscape and portraits.