(1887 - 1938)
Alexandre Evgenevich Yakovlev was active/lived in Massachusetts / Russian Federation, France, Africa, Germany, Japan. Alexandre Iacovleff is known for nude female figure, portrait, landscape and still life painting.
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Evgen'evich Yakovlev (Russian, 1887-1938) was a Russian painter,
graphic artist and designer. His initial training in 1905-13 was at the
Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg, where he studied principally under
Dmitry Kardovsky. From 1909 Yakovlev contributed regularly to national
and international exhibitions, and he was a member of both the World of
Art group and the Union of Russian Artists. He was awarded an Academy
scholarship for study in Italy and Spain in 1914-15, an experience that
left an indelible mark on his stylistic evolution, as is clear from his
recourse to Italian Renaissance devices and motifs in paintings such as
his portrait of the Mexican artist Roberto Montenegro and The Violinist (both 1915; St Petersburg, Rus. Mus.)
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Just before the October Revolution of 1917 Yakovlev and his close
friend Vasily Shukhayev were regarded as the representatives of a new
classicism in Russian art, and, in fact, the graphic clarity and
materiality of their drawings and paintings bring to mind the
contemporary poetry of Anna Akhmatova and Mikhail Kuzmin, leaders of the
Acmeist movement. Yakovlev, Shukhayev, Grigor'yev, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin
and other graduates of the Academy of Arts moved in the same circles as
these literati, frequenting the cabarets in St Petersburg and
contributing to Sergey Makovsky's review Apollon. Artistically
and temperamentally, Yakovlev and Shukhayev were very close, and their
red chalk and sanguine portraits and figure studies are often remarkably
similar to each other. Their collaborative double portrait as Harlequin and Pierrot (1914; St Petersburg, Rus. Mus.) summarizes their mutual sympathy and respect.
In 1916 Yakovlev became a professor at the Institute of Art History
in Petrograd (now St Petersburg), and, together with Grigor'yev and
Sergey Sudeykin, he designed the interior of the Prival Komediantov
(Comedians' Halt) cabaret in Petrograd. After travelling in Mongolia,
China and Japan he settled in Paris in 1920. He achieved his reputation
in the West as an ethnographical draughtsman: in 1925 he accompanied the
Citroën Central Africa Expedition as an official artist and in 1931 did
the same for the Citroën Trans-Asiatic Expedition, collaborations that
resulted in superb depictions of native types, rituals and scenes.
Yakovlev spent three years as Chairman of the Department of Painting at
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and returned to Paris
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Alexandre Evgenevich Iacovleff, also spelled Jacovleff, Yakovlev, Iakovlev (1887-1938)
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A painter, draughtsman, designer and etcher, he is considered a representative of St. Petersburg Neo-Classicism. Iakovlev painted portraits and compositions of figures combining some elements of the masters of Italian Renaissance with Russian Primitivism as evident in Bathing, (1913), Fiddler (1915), The Portrait of Mexican Artist R. Montenegro (1915, all at the State Russian Museum).
His course of life would take him to places far away as Mongolia, China, Japan, Africa, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan, generating a prolific output of portrait, figure, landscape and genre paintings.
The son of a naval officer, he was born in Saint Petersburg in 1887 and studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts between 1905 and 1913. While a student, he enjoyed drawing and contributed to art magazines such as Apollon, Satiricon, Niva, New Satiricon and others. In 1913, he received a scholarship to study abroad and went to Italy and Spain together with his good friend Vladimir Shukhaev.
He returned to Petrograd in 1915 where his works shown at the Mir Iskusstva exhibition garnered mixed reactions and were rejected by the Academy of Arts. He went on to produce a number of Sanguine drawings and frescoed Firsanov's mansion in Moscow and the artistic cabaret Prival Komediantov in Petrograd. Together with Shoukhaev, Radlov and Kardovsky, he organized his own artistic movement, called St. Luke Guild of Painters.
In 1917, Iacovleff received a scholarship to study in the Far East and traveled to Mongolia, China and Japan between 1917 and 1919. Thereafter, he settled in Paris, France and became a French citizen. In 1924-1925, he took part in an expedition to the Sahara desert and Equatorial Africa organized by Citroën (Croisi-24re Noire). His African paintings were a big success and in 1926 he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government. In 1928, he organized a large exhibition of his work in Moscow. He continued living in France and became artistic adviser for another Citroën expedition, this time across Asia.
Iakovleff served as Director of the Painting Department of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1934 to 1937. After spending the last months of his life on Capri and in Paris, he died in Paris in 1938.
Saint Petersburg Encyclopaedia http://www.encspb.ru/en/article.php?kod=2804029897
The following is from a review of a biography about the artist by
Caroline Haaardt de la Baumethe. Titled Alexandre Iacovleff:
L'Artiste Voyageur, it was published in Paris in 2000.
Biography from Auctionata
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Alexandre Iacovleff was in China when
the Russian Revolution broke out in October, 1917. He never
returned to his native land. In the 1920s in Paris, he became
famous for his drawings and paintings of the Far East, and in 1924
André Citroën chose him as the official artist for the Croisière
noire. This post made him responsible for "capturing with pencil and
brush" the manners and customs of the natives encountered during this
notable African expedition.
When he returned to France, the public was amazed to discover the
African continent both through his portraits of Nigerian sultans and
Mangbetu women, and through his landscapes. Iacovleff's career as a
traveling artist had begun.
In 1931, Iacovleff was once more appointed official artist, but this
time for the Croisière jaune, through Asia along the old Silk
Road. Through Iacovleff's paintings, notes, and photographs,
Caroline Haardt de la Baume-granddaughter of Georges Marie Haardt, the
leader of both the African and the Asian expeditions-tells the story of
these two extraordinary journeys. Not only a feast for the eyes, this
is also a valuable reference book on an outstanding artist and two
Born in St. Petersburg, the painter, draftsman and designer Alexander Evgenievich Iacovleff studied at the local Russian Academy of Arts from 1905 to 1913. One of his teachers was Dmitri Kardovski. During his studies, he became a member of the ‘Mir Iskusstva’ group [World of Art]. Along with Kardovski, Nikolai Radlov and Vasily Ivanovich Suchaev, he founded the St. Petersburg ‘Guild of St. Luke’.
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After the October Revolution, he went to France and took the French nationality. In the 1920s, Iacovleff worked as an artistic adviser to the car company Citroën and made several expeditions, including to Madagascar, Syria, Iran, Mongolia and China. His works of this period are therefore often held in the style of Orientalism. From 1934 to 1937, Iacovleff was the head of the department of painting at the Art School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He spent the end of his life in Capri and Paris. Today, works of Iacovleff are on display in major museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (cko)
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