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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Alexander Evgenievich Yakovlev
PORTRAIT OF THE TRIBAL CHIEF CALONDO
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Alexander Evgenievich Yakovlev
PORTRAIT OF THE TRIBAL CHIEF CALONDO
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Details & Cataloguing

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Alexander Evgenievich Yakovlev
1887-1938
PORTRAIT OF THE TRIBAL CHIEF CALONDO
signed and titled in Latin, inscribed Stanleyville and dated 1925 l.r.
pastel on paper
image size: 72.5 by 53cm, 28 1/2 by 21in.
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Provenance

Sotheby’s London, The Russian Sale, 14 December 1995, lot 325
Sotheby's London, The Russian Sale, 20 November 2001, lot 133

Exhibited

Probably Stanleyville, Belgian Congo, 1925

Catalogue Note

Yakovlev executed Portrait of the Tribal Chief Calondo in Stanleyville (modern day Kisangani), the capital of the Belgian Congo, where he arrived with the Croisière Noire expedition on 12 March 1925. Three days later the artist opened an impromptu exhibition which showcased the drawings created over the course of the expedition and most likely included the present lot. From Catholic missionaries clad in cassocks to Azande warriors armed with assegai poles, the exhibition drew an unusually diverse audience. In his travel diary Georges-Marie Haardt, the head of the expedition, noted that its 'effect was most astonishing – no other showing of paintings ever enjoyed such a rapturous reception'.

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