DescriptionALEXANDER EVGENIEVICH YAKOVLEV (Russian, 1887-1938)
Oil on board
51-3/4 x 30-1/2 inches (131.4 x 77.5 cm)
Signed lower right in Cyrillic
Alexander Yakovlev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and is considered a Neo-Classicist painter, draughtsman, designer, and etcher. He was a member of Mir iskusstva, a Russian magazine and art movement which endeavored to promote the understanding and conservation of art from previous periods. In particular, they strove to revitalize the periods of traditional folk art and the 18th-century Rococo. Throughout his career, he received several scholarships that allowed him to study internationally, which in turn, profoundly affected his art. On scholarship, Yakovlev traveled to the Far East, took part in an expedition of the Sahara desert, and journeyed to Equatorial Africa. Inspired by his travels, Yakovlev's paintings reflected the many exotic images he saw on his various journeys. This piece is an example of his African paintings, which are regarded as some of his most successful. As a result of these works, he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1926.
Estimate: $100,000 - $110,000.
Four inch area of paint loss upper left quadrant, 1/2 inch punchure in lower left region and another 1/4 inch upper right region, otherwise good condition.
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