Hallo guys,

do you like going to museums and especially to museums of art? I love it and a few days ago I went to my first art exhibition this year.
The exhibition is called “Lebensmenschen (Soulmates) – Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin” and takes place in the Kunstbau of the Lenbachhaus in Munich.

As the title says, it’s a double portrait about Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin, two important russian expressionists living and working a big part of their lifes in Germany. They were painting collegues but also love partners and it was always complicated.
But I don’t want to write about their love life, I want to write about this stunning exhibition, this firework of colours and show you a few impressions.

So let’s start with Alexej von Jawlensky, who is one of my favourite expressionist artists. Either he paints portraits, landscapes or still lifes, he always uses very intense colours and colour combinations and mostly outlines his paintings with dark or at least visible colours.

Below a few of his paintings looking unfortunately not even close to the originals – that’s why it is so important to go watch the originals and not only photographs!!

What I so love about Jawlenskys art is that the strong colours he uses are so matching, even if they are not always realistic.

The art of Marianne von Werefkin on the other hand is expressionistic too – after her 10 year lasting break – but it is totally different from Jawlenskys. Her paintings are constructed from the bottom of her soul sometimes reminding me to paintings from Edvard Munch. The colours are partly intense too, but what is even more intense is the content of her paintings.

I took photos just of some of her paintings because – to be honest – some of them were just too extreme for me and my soul.

From my point of view as an art historian both approaches are the same expressionist and of course the same legitimate, but my personal preference is definitely Alexej von Jawlenskys art. I just love his colours and feel after this great exhibition inspired and motivated to make some expressionist art by my own.
If you’re nearby you should visit it, it lasts untill 16th of February.

What art exhibitions have you visited lately?
What are your favourite expressionists?
Please let me know in the comments below.

Yours, Thea

2 Replies to “Soulmates”

  1. I too love going to museums.. when i travel to new places I make it a point to visit all the art museums and on going exhibitions.. usually it’s me n my 9 yr old boy roaming around with audio guide glued to our ears.. he is the one who points out the audio guide channels to me and we both stand there n listen.. I don’t know how much he understands but he is listens till the end ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Oh, that’s so beautiful! I exactly can imagine you both going to art museums and listening to the audio guides – a lovely picture in my head! ❤️❤️ And even if he doesn’t understand, he has to feel something when he see’s the paintings. I go to art museums with my sons, too. I don’t see that much like when I go alone, but it’s always special and fun. 🙂 Thank you for your comments, dear Neelam. ❤️❤️

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