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    Sale 1989

    Russian Art

    18 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 39

    Aleksandr Evgen'evich Iakovlev (1887-1938)

    Portrait of Song Jian Zhong

    Price Realised  


    Aleksandr Evgen'evich Iakovlev (1887-1938)
    Portrait of Song Jian Zhong
    signed, inscribed and dated 'Sun Djian Djon/Karachaz/A Iacovleff
    Karachaz/21 Oct. 1931' (lower left), Chinese calligrapy 'I have met an
    expedition comprising of 11 people in September 1931. Iakovlev drew my portrait as a way for me to remember them,' stamp of Song Jian Zhong (upper right), artist's stamp (lower right)
    charcoal and sanguine on paper 13½ x 10½ in. (34.3 x 26.7 cm.)

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    Post Lot Text

    In 1931 Alexandr Iakovlev was once again invited to join a Citroën expedition. The Trans-Asiatic expedition, known as La Croisiëre Jaune, followed on the immense success of La Croisière Noire (see lot 36). A column of caterpillar tred-equipped vehicles started in Beirut and took one year to reach thier destination in Indochina (fig.1). Iakovlev worked constantly, drawing people and sights they encountered along the way. Often these portraits were given as gifts to the sitters and insured a safe passage through hostile territories.