[Left to Right]: Alexei von Jawlensky, Still Life, c. 1906; Abstract Head, c. 1921

“I knew that I must paint not what I saw, but only what was in me, in my soul. Figuratively speaking, it was like this: In my heart I felt as if there were an organ, which I had to sound. And nature, which I saw before me, only prompted me. And that was a key that unlocked this organ and made it sound… …They are songs without words.” -Alexei von Jawlensky (http://www.quotes-famous-artists.org/alexej-von-jawlensky-quotes)