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The Cover
March 14, 2001

Girl With the Green Face

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2001;285(10):1261. doi:10.1001/jama.285.10.1261

Russian by birth, a member of the military by profession, and a painter by vocation, Alexei von Jawlensky (1864-1941) became one of the 20th century's leading German Expressionists. At age 25, while stationed with his regiment in St Petersburg he resigned his commission to enter the Academy of Art there. He remained for 7 years, studying with Russia's leading historical painter, Ilya Repin. But Jawlensky was disaffected by what he saw as severe constrictions imposed by his academic training and, in 1896, along with several colleagues, including Marianne Werefkin (who would finance much of the travel and work of the next several years and whose maid he would marry), he left St Petersburg for Munich. Here he found the freedom to express himself. He filled his canvasses with color, but with a difference: Where others saw only color and line, Jawlensky heard music. He chose his color harmonies as though writing a symphony; he arranged them on the canvas like a maestro conducting his masterpiece.

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