Catalogue entry

Alexandre Jacovleff 1887-1938

N04989 A Coolie 1931

Inscribed 'Roman Mir | Tragbal | Juillet 1931 | A. Jacovleff' b.l.
Pastel on paper, 29 5/8 x 21 7/8 (75.5 x 55.5)
Presented anonymously 1939
Prov: Purchased by the donor from Mme A. Jacovleff, the artist's mother, 1939
Exh: Alexandre Iacovleff Peintre attaché à l'Expédition Citroën Centre-Asie ... Exposition de Peintures et Dessins, Galerie J. Charpentier, Paris, May-June 1933 (227) as 'Roman Mir (Tragbal). Himalaya Pamirs'

Made, like N04988, in the course of the Citroën Trans-Asiatic Expedition. Probably a portrait of one of the coolies who helped the expedition across the very difficult mountain tracks of the Himalayas from Srinagar past Tragbal over the Burzil Pass. He appears to be a man from Hunza.

The account in G. Le Fèvre, La Croisière Jaune (Paris 1933), pp.61-4, confirms that Jacovleff passed through Tragbal early in July 1931.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.371-2, reproduced p.371