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lower left: A.J.; upper right reverse: A. Jawlensky / 1915 / No 1.; center reverse, all by Emmy Galka Scheyer: Frosttag / "Frosty day" / made in Germany

Provenance

Consigned to Emmy Scheyer (1889-1945, known from 1924 as Galka E. Scheyer), Hollywood, California, probably 1924;[1] probably returned 1928 to the artist; consigned 1933 to Galka E. Scheyer, Hollywood; (compulsory sale, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Alien Property, Los Angeles, 1954, lot 8, no. 54);[2] (Paul Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles). (Kleemann Galleries, New York).[3] Benjamin and Lilian Hertzberg, New York; bequest 2004 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1920
[travelling exhibition, in Germany, organized by Emmy Scheyer], 1920-1921.
1922
[Jawlensky exhibition], Galerie Emil Richter, Dresden, 1922, no cat.
1923
[Jawlensky exhibition], Kunsthaus Schaller, Stuttgart, no cat.
1923
[Jawlensky exhibition], Kunsthütte, Chemnitz, 1923, no. 245, no cat.
1929
Die Blauen Vier Galerie Ferdinand Möller, Berlin, 1929, no. 60.
1933
The Blue Four, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1933, no. 53.
1956
Alexej v. Jawlensky 1864-1941, Kleemann Galleries, New York, 1956, no. 15, repro.
Bibliography
1920
Scheyer, E.E. "Alexej Jawlensky." Das Kunstblatt (1920): 163, repro., as Variation I.
1959
Weiler, Clemens. Alexej Jawlensky. Cologne, 1959: no. 600.
1970
Weiler, Clemens. Köpfe, Geschicte, Meditationen. Hanau, 1970: no. 1161 (English translation by Edith Küstner and J.A. Underwood, New York, 1971).
1991
Jawlensky, Maria, Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky, and Angelica Jawlensky. Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings 4 vols. London, 1991: 2:no. 664, repro.