The Old Man (Yellow Beard)

Alexei von Jawlensky (Russian, 1864–1941; worked in Germany 1896–1914 and 1922–1941; worked in Switzerland 1914–1922)
The Old Man (Yellow Beard), 1912

Oil on canvas
20 1/2 x 19 1/8 inches (52.1 x 48.6 cm)
Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 75.14


1912–1956, Artist’s estate, Wiesbaden, Germany

ca. 1957, E. & A. Silberman Galleries, New York (?)

ca. 1959, Private collection, Locarno, Switzerland

1975, IU Art Museum purchase from Serge Sabarsky Gallery, New York, with funds from Thomas T. Solley


1956, "Jawlensky," Galerie Jacques Fricker, Paris (cat. no. 10)

January-February 1975, "An Exhibition of Works by Alexej Jawlensky," Serge Sabarsky Gallery, New York City

October 23–December 3, 1977, “German and Austrian Expressionism 1900–1920,” Bloomington, Indiana University Art Museum, (cat. no. 35)

March–May 1982, Serge Sabarsky Gallery, New York

August 6–October 4, 1987, “1912: The Break-Up of Tradition,” The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, Canada, (cat. pp. 110–11)

October 17, 1989–January 7, 1990, “From Kandinsky to Dix: Paintings of the German Expressionists,” Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn, New York, (cat. pp. 96-97)

October 6-December 23, 2012, "Pioneers and Exiles: German Expressionism at the Indiana University Art Museum," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington (cat. no. 12)

Catalogue Raisonné

Jawlensky, Maria, Lucia Pieroni-Jawlensky and Angelica Jawlensky. Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, volume one, 1890-1914. London: Sotheby's Publications. 1991 (no. 450, p. 354; color plate p. 347).

Alternate Titles

Alter (Gelber Bart)

Alter Jov (written on verso of painting)

Alter mit gelbem Bart (recorded in Jawlensky’s photo archive)

Le vieux (inscribed by artist’s son on verso)


Provenance research on this work is ongoing, and this record will be updated as more information becomes available.