TX: signed at lower left of picture in English <A Iacovleff / 1935 / 1936.>, inscribed with ballpoint pen at rear upper right <for Frances Rich / from Alexandre Iacovleff / Boston 1935-36 / Museum / School>
CM: From 1934 to 1937, Alexandre Iacovleff was the Director of the Painting Department of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. This Portrait of Frances Rich was created at the end of 1935 and start of 1936, while Rich was studying under Iacovleff at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Rich recalls having a wonderful year in Boston, taking a "marvellous course in perspective and anatomy under Iacovleff's inspiration" [Roy Slade 1981, p.2]. The picture represents the face of Rich glowing with a smile. She obviously turns a happy face to a beloved teacher and friend. Iacovleff's favorite sanguine medium, which produces hues of orange and red, adds warmth to the subject and charges the composition with energy. Rich appears with a slight twist of her boyish head, revealing her amiable face with short hair slightly tousled by the wind. Such a portrait indeed epitomises youth and life.
[Megakles Rogakos 01/2009]
ARMITAGE, MERLE The Sculpture of Frances Rich 1974 Manzanita Press, Ramona, CA., p.67 & 74
SLADE, ROY Interview with Frances Rich 24/02/1981 The Frances L. Rich Archives, Payson, AZ
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Frances Rich - La Gazelle 2010 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens