In its use of colour and style of execution, the present work draws on a rich tradition of modernist painting, including the art of, among others, Van Gogh, Matisse and Van Dongen. The spontaneous brushstrokes and the juxtaposition of bright and cool tones reflect the influence of Van Gogh and Cézanne. In 1905 Jawlensky’s works were exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in Paris alongside those of the Fauve artists, who were to play the most important role in the development of Jawlensky’s style in the following years. His abandoning of representational function of colour in favour of a more spontaneous, expressive one is strongly reminiscent of Matisse’s landscapes at the height of his Fauve period. Oberstdorf (Gebirge) represents a synthesis of these various artistic influences into a personal and unique pictorial language.
Oberstdorf (Gebirge) belonged to the remarkable German painter, art collector and dealer Hanna Bekker vom Rath (1893-1983), who was a fervent supporter of modern art. As a passionate connoisseur, she facilitated secret exhibitions for artists persecuted during the Second World War and in May 1947 founded the Frankfurter Kunstkabinett (fig. 2), the first gallery established in Frankfurt-am-Main after the end of the war. One of the first exhibitions at the Frankfurter Kunstkabinett, held in the same year it was opened, was devoted to Alexej von Jawlensky, and the exhibition programme also included artists such as Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, August Macke and Oskar Kokoschka. Due to her dedication as an advocate for German art abroad, Hanna Bekker vom Rath was often described as an ‘ambassador of the arts’. She met Jawlensky in 1926 in Wiesbaden, and in 1929 founded the Alexej von Jawlensky Society in order to provide financial support to the artist. Vom Rath and other contributors to the Society occasionally received works by Jawlensky in return for their support. Alongside her tireless work promoting modern art around the world, Hanna Bekker vom Rath also formed an impressive personal collection. Many paintings by Jawlensky from her collection are now housed in the Wiesbaden museum.
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