IACOVLEFF Alexandre (1887-1938): The Chief Aboura, Bambili, 1925


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IACOVLEFF Alexandre / YAKOVLEV Aleksandr Evgenievich (1887-1938) : The Chief Aboura, Bambili, 1925, entitled, situated, dated and signed in the plate. Color-plate from the portfolio : Drawings and painting of Africa, executed during the Citroen expedition Center-Africa, Second mission HAARDT/AUDOUIN-DUBREUIL. Paris. Lucien Vogel - Jules Meynial. 1927. Limited edition.
Newly framed under glass with beautiful Macassar ebony veneer frame.
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Plate : 28 x 37,5 cm - 11 x 14 3/4 in
Frame : 48 x 58 cm - 18 7/8 x 22 7/8 in


L'ILLUSTRATION No 4312, 24 octobre 1925: "La documentation artistique de M. Alexandre Iacovleff" pp.433-37. Reproduced p.434.
Martin BIRNBAUM: Iacovleff and other artists. New York, P.A. Struck. 1946.
Caroline HAARDT de LA BAUME: Alexandre IACOVLEFF, L'artiste voyageur. Paris. Flammarion. 2000. -155p. Reproduced in color on p.28.
Collectif: Alexandre IACOVLEFF 1887-1938, Itinerances. Somogy. 2004. -235p. (Exhibition catalogue. Boulogne-Billancourt. Musée des années 30. 2004, March 31 - August 15).
Ariane AUDOUIN-DUBREUIL: La Croisière Noire. Sur la trace des explorateurs du XIXe. Grenoble. Glénat. 2004. Reproduced in color page 101.

IACOVLEFF Alexandr Evgenevich (1887-1938) IACOVLEFF, Alexandr Evgenevich (1887-1938):
Born in Saint-Petersbourg (Russia), Iacovleff begins with painting studies at the Fine-Arts Academy of Saint-Petersbourg with Vassili Choukhaïeff under the mastership of Dimitri Kardowski. In 1909 he belongs to the Mir Iskusstva (Art World) movement launched in 1888 by the decorator Alexandre Benois and patronized by Serge de Diaghilev which renews the Russian art school. He works for the theater, ballets and dancers, marries the actress Bella Chencheva and becomes famous with his atelier. In 1913, he travels in Italy and discovers the Italian masters which will definitely influence him. He travels in Spain, goes back to Russia during the 1st World War and in 1917 leaves for China. In Beijing, he draws and paints a lot and sells his works to live. During the summer he travels in Mongolia to avoid the Beijing heat. He spends a lot a time to illustrate the Chinese theater with lot of details. Then he travels in Japan. In 1918 he exhibits in Shanghaï with a great success and in 1920 arrives in Paris where the editor Lucien Vogel published in 1922 his first book: Drawings and painting from the Far-East. The French editor Jacques de Brunhoff published the same year his second book: The Chinese Theater. Iacovleff lives in Montmartre and gets a great success in Paris where the Far-East and the Russian ballets are up to date. He works also as a decorator. In 1924, Andre Citroen contact him to become the official painter of the second African expedition called 'The Black cruse'. During two years he paints and draws hundred of scenes and portraits published in 1927 by Lucien Vogel: Drawings and paintings of Africa. In 1931, he belongs to the third Citroen expedition which crosses Asia from Beyrouth in Lebanon to Beijing in China 'The Yellow cruse'. His work: Drawings and paintings of Asia is published in 1934 by Vogel. In 1932, his work on the Japanese Kabuki theater is also published in Paris. He becomes so famous that he is invited by the Boston Museum School of Fine-Arts to become its director. he is exhibited in the States in Washington, Charleston, New York and Pittsburgh. Nostalgic of the Old Europe, he comes back in Paris in 1938 but dies in few months of a stomach cancer.

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