Alexander Evgenevich Iacovleff


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Status, price and estimation of the artist Alexander Evgenevich Iacovleff

Price of a painting: 2,600 – 339,300 €.

Estimate of a drawing: 430 – 1,000,000 €.

Estimation of a print: 130 – 500 €.

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Alexander Evgenevich Iacovleff’s artistic education

Alexander Evgenevich Iacovleff was a French nationalized Russian painter born on June 13, 1887 in St. Petersburg. He died on May 12, 1938 in Paris. His mother was the first woman in Russia to become a doctor of mathematical sciences. His father was the inventor of the Russian internal combustion engine.

At the age of 18, he entered the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and took classes with Dmitri Kardovsky, a Russian painter, theatre decorator and illustrator.

He took part in the events of the Mir Iskusstva artistic movement founded by the art critic Serge de Diaghilev. The aim of this association is to synthesize various artistic forms such as theatre, illustration and decoration.

Between 1908 and 1918, he worked as an illustrator for several magazines.

Alexander Evgenevich Iacovleff’s travels

He took advantage of a scholarship he had received to travel to Spain, Italy, Japan and China, where he made friends with the writer Joseph Kessel.

The October Revolution, which led to the installation of the Soviets in power, pushed him not to return to Russia. He moved to Paris in 1920 and began to exhibit his works, which met with great success.

In 1920, he published Drawings and Paintings from the Far East and in 1922 Le Théâtre chinois, then he went to the United States where he presented several exhibitions.

Between 1922 and 1924, the Black Cruise, a car expedition to Africa, was organised. On this occasion, Iacovleff was chosen to be the official painter and produced nearly 300 drawings during the event. Between 1931 and 1932, he was again the official painter for the Yellow Cruise, this time crossing China.

He created the sets for Paul Valéry’s melodrama Sémiramis, performed in 1934 with music by Arthur Honegger. He then directed the school of drawings and paintings at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and stayed for some time in the United States before returning to Paris where he passed away.

The coast of Alexander Evgenevich Iacovleff

In 2018, Christie’s London sold a 1932 oil on canvas entitled An Intimate Concert at Hi, Indochina for nearly €14,000. A watercolour and bloody drawing of a Spanish Dancer reached the sum of one million € a few months earlier.

The same year, Sotheby’s London sold  a watercolour and blood drawing dated 1922 representing Harlequin for a little less than 685,000€.

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