Alexei Jawlensky was born in 1864, the son of a Russian Imperial Army colonel; he was sent to military school and commissioned as a lieutenant, but his mind was never far from art. In 1896, after studying at the Imperial Art Academy in St. Petersburg, he resigned his commission and set off to study art in Munich with fellow artist Marianne von Werefkin. So began a peripatetic existence in Germany, France, Russia, Italy and Switzerland that ended in 1922 when he finally settled in Wiesbaden, Germany.
He met Kandinsky and was greatly influenced by his use of color as form. Jawlensky became affiliated with the German Expressionists. He traveled in Germany and France before World War II. He soaked up
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