Yakovlev was particularly fascinated by the Chinese theatre and its role in modern Chinese society. Indeed many compositions from this serie take as their subject not the action on stage but its effect on the audience. The scale of this portrait, combined with the man's stance, feet slightly apart and his shoulders turned towards the viewer, have a transformative effect, endowing the sitter with grandeur.
Yakovlev had a passion for music, dance and theatre and was close to his sister Sandra, a singing teacher at the Conservatoire Rachmaninoff in Paris. Sandra gave the present work as a gift to one of her students and dearest friends, Mmedu Mas de la Roque, who took singing lessons from 1949 to 1979 with Sandra Yakovlev at Conservatoire Rachmaninoff in Paris. Sandra and Jacqueline regularly met to sing together either at the apartment of Sandra in Paris, rue Lesieur, either in Gers at Jacqueline's Château Blanin until Sandra Yakovlev's death.
The present lot will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Caroline Haardt de La Baume and will be provided with her certificate of authenticity.
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