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Model Washing Her Hair

Aleksandr Yakovlev

European Art

These two paintings by Aleksandr Yakovlev show the artist’s key role in ushering in a new classicism in post- Revolutionary Russian art. Yakovlev trained at the Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts but traveled at a young age to Italy and Spain, where he applied the light and modeling of the Old Masters to modern subjects. Unable to return to Russia after the outbreak of the October Revolution, Yakovlev settled in Paris but continued to travel across the globe, immersing himself in world cultures. Arab Merchant was painted in Tunisia.
MEDIUM Tempera on linen
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1929
    DIMENSIONS 21 5/8 x 23 in. (54.9 x 58.4 cm) Frame: 28 5/8 x 29 5/8 in. (72.7 x 75.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "A. Jacovleff/Capri/1929"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Martin Birnbaum
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1944, provenance not yet documented; by 1944, acquired by Martin Birnbaum of New York, NY; December 13, 1944, gift of Martin Birnbaum to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Aleksandr Yakovlev (Russian, 1887–1938). Model Washing Her Hair, 1929. Tempera on linen, 21 5/8 x 23 in. (54.9 x 58.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Martin Birnbaum, 44.220 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 44.220_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 44.220_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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