5 June 2013 Russian Art Auctions

5 Jun 2013

Artist Index / Full Catalogue


Les autos dans le désert

160. YAKOVLEV, ALEXANDER (1887-1938)

Les autos dans le désert, signed, inscribed "Dans le Tanezrouft" and dated 1924.

Tempera on cardboard, 52.5 by 75 cm.
60,000–90,000 GBP


Provenance: Private collection, Europe.

Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert E. Yakovleva.

Exhibited: Peintre Attaché a L’Expédition Citroën Centre-Afrique 2e Mission Haardt Audouin Dubreuil. Alexandre Iacovleff. Exposition de peintures et dessins, Hotel Jean Charpentier, Paris, 7–23 May, 1926.
Alexandre Iacovleff. Peintre Attaché a l’Expédition Citroën Centre Afrique. Deuxiéme Mission Haardt–Audouin Dubreuil. Dessins & Peintures, Cercle Artistique et Littéraire Waux Hall du Parc, Bruxelles, 26 April–10 May 1927.
Alexander Iacovleff. An Exhibition of Fifty Drawings and Paintings, Gropper Art Gallery, Cambridge, USA, May–June 1972.

Literature: Exhibition catalogue, Peintre Attaché a L’Expédition Citroën Centre-Afrique 2e Mission Haardt Audouin Dubreuil. Alexandre Iacovleff, Paris, 1926, No. 7, listed.
Exhibition catalogue, Alexandre Iacovleff. Peintre Attaché a l’Expédition Citroën Сentre Afrique. Deuxiéme Mission Haardt – Audouin Dubreuil, Bruxelles, 1927, p. 5, No. 9, listed.
Exhibition catalogue, Alexander Iacovleff. An Exhibition of Fifty Drawings and Paintings, Cambridge USA, Gropper Art Gallery, 1972, No. 5, listed as Caterpillar Cars Crossing the Dunes (Algeria).

In late 1924 Alexander Yakovlev crossed the Tanezrouft, one of the most desolate parts of the Sahara desert, during the Central African leg of the Croisière Noire expedition, organised by André Citroën.


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