Massachusetts/Russian Federation, 1887-1938

Profile portrait of an African tribal chief, 1925.

Unsigned. Similar to a portrait sold at Sotheby's, London, New Bond Street, June 30, 2014, Lot #184, and June 6, 2017, Lot #85.
Charcoal and pastel on paper, 29" x 21.5". Unframed.
Condition: Some light spotting , repairs to bottom edge, mounted on a board. Smaller touch ups at upper right edge. Old auction labels and numbers verso.

  • Provenance:
    Purchased from the artist's sister, Alexandra Yakovleva (1889-1979) in Paris, 1978.
    Private Boston-area Collection.

    Between 1924 and 1925, Alexandre Yakovlev took part in an African expedition sponsored by Andre Citroen, referred to as the "Black Cruise", or "Croisière Noire". His depictions of the people, the landscape and the culture were a big success, and as a result, Yakovlev was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1926.

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