1864

On March 13, Alexj von Jawlensky is born in Torschok, Russia.

 

1874

Moves to Moscow with his family.

 

1880

Visits the Moscow World Exposition.

 

1884

Is commissioned as a lieutenant in the Samogita Infantry-Grenadier’s Regiment in Moscow.

 

1889

Is transferred to a regiment based in Saint Petersburg.

 

1889-96

Studies at the Academy of Art in Saint Petersburg with Ilya Repin.

 

1896

Along with fellow students Igor Grabar, Dmitry Kardovsky, and Marianne Werefkin, he moves to Munich to study with Anton Ažbe. While there, he meets Vasily Kandinsky.

 

Early 1900s

Spends his summers travelling around Europe.

 

1905

Exhibits with the Fauves at the Salon d’Automne. Visits Ferdinand Hodler.

 

1907

Begins a friendship with Jan Verkade and meets Paul Sérusier, both of whom teach him about the Synthetist principles of art.

 

1908-10

Spends his summer with Wereflkin, Kandinsky, and Gabrielle Munter in the Bavarian Alps.

 

1909

Founds the Neue Künstlervereiniging München (NKVM).

1911-12

Renews contact with Henri Matisse and Emil Nolde.

 

1914

Expelled from Germany, he moves to Switzerland.

 

1917-19

Produces Mystical Heads, one of his best-known series.

 

1921

Begins his Abstract Heads series.

 

1924

Galka Scheyer organizes the Blue Four, a group which includes Jawlensky, Kandinsky, Feininger, and Klee.

 

1929

Begins suffering from crippling arthritis.

 

1933

The Nazis classify his work as degenerate art, forbidding him from exhibiting.

 

1934-37

Produces more than 1,000 works for the Meditations series.

 

1937

His physical condition prevents him from painting.

 

1938

Begins dictating his memoirs.

 

1941

Dies March 15 in Wiesbaden, Germany.