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Salzmann, Alexander von
Salve & Clueless

1905
Salve
Watercolour and ink over pencil on cardboard
28 : 24.5 cm
Monogrammed and dated lower left
Signed lower centre: “.SALVE.”

Clueless
Watercolour and ink over pencil on cardboard
27 : 24.5 cm
Monogrammed and dated lower right

 

In this self-portrait Salzmann depicts himself greeting his psychologist. Standing between them is the painter Alexej von Jawlensky, the companion of fellow-artist Marianne von Werefkin, with whom Salzmann had an affair in 1903-05. In a two-part sequence of drawings titled Salve and Clueless Salzmann attempted to overcome the pain of their separation.

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