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Still Life with Red Cloth

Artist Alexei von Jawlensky (Russian, 1864–1941)
Title Still Life with Red Cloth (Stilleben mit rotem Tuch)
Date 1908
Medium Oil on academy board
Dimensions Support: 19 1/2 x 21 in. (49.5 x 53.3 cm)
Framed: 25 3/4 × 27 3/4 × 1 3/4 in. (65.4 × 70.5 × 4.4 cm)
Credit Line James S. Adams Collection, Elizabeth G. Adams Bequest, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 81.31.21

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1981, Bequest to Indiana University Art Museum from Elizabeth G. Adams

after 1959–1981, Collection of James S. and Elizabeth G. Adams (purchase from M.R. Schweitzer Gallery, New York, NY) [1]

after 1959, with M. R. Schweitzer Gallery, New York, NY [2]

ca. 1956, with Kleeman Galleries, New York, NY [3]

ca. 1909–?, In possession of the artist [4]


[1] Per museum donor file for James S. Adams and Elizabeth G. Adams.

[2] Per gallery label on the reverse.

[3] Per gallery label on the reverse. It is uncertain if Kleemann Galleries purchased the painting, or if it was only consigned there.

[4] Alexej von Jawlensky Archive, Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Vol. 1 (1890–1914), London: Sotheby’s Publications, 1991 (cat. no. 296). It is uncertain how long the painting was with Jawlensky and where it was kept. In 1914, the family was forced to leave Germany and settled in Saint Prex, Switzerland; they left most of their belongings, including works of art, in Munich in the care of Adolf Erbsloh and Lily Klee. The present painting may have remained there as well. In 1920, the Jawlenskys returned to Munich to wind up household affairs, at which point the artist signed and/or dated many of his paintings, possibly including this one (Biographical notes prepared by the Alexej von Jawlensky-Archive S.A., Locarno, Switzerland, accessed online at:

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

October 6–December 23, 2012, "Pioneers and Exiles: German Expressionism at the Indiana University Art Museum," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN (cat. no. 11)

May 18–June 27, 1982, "Homage to James S. and Elizabeth Adams," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN

November 15–December 31, 1956, "Alexander von Jawlensky," Kleeman Galleries, New York, NY

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