Alternate Reality

The Norton Simon’s latest exhibit features the work of Russian painter Alexei Jawlensky, a member of the Expressionist group known as the Blue Four. The artists rejected the notion of objective reality, as evidenced by the image at left.

The exhibit features more than 100 paintings by Jawlensky (1864-1941) and will run through November 5.

“Motivated by an inner response to their subject matter,” writes the museum in a release, “and influenced by sources such as medieval art, folk art and non-Western art, [the Blue Four] created subjective, highly emotional and spiritual images composed of distorted forms and non-naturalistic colors.”

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