Alexey von Jawlensky, Russian (active Germany), 1864 - 1941
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Jawlensky attributed mystical power to color and used it to create compelling, expressionistic portraits. The sitter for this painting was a model who appears again and again in the artist’s work of the early 1910s, although her identity has never been pinpointed. Here, the artist exaggerates the effects of cosmetics: the brilliantly purple lips, shadowed eyes, and white and red cheeks give the woman an exotic aura.