Model Washing Her Hair
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.
Tempera on linen
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)
Signed and dated lower left: "A. Jacovleff/Capri/1929"
Gift of Martin Birnbaum
This item is not on view
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)
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Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.