During his whole life Jouve travels in search of new models, he visits all the famous zoos in Europe, bringing back studies and back in the calm of his studio he draws his inspiration. Some of his long trips will influence his work.

Jouve will first discover the Maghreb. With the Army of the Orient: Salonika, and Mount Athos. Then the Far East and the splendours of Angkor, and at last Africa.

Mount Athos (from July 27th to the beginning of October 1917)

Paul Jouve travels for two months on the Athos peninsula, visiting one by one the monasteries, in wonder of the Byzantine treasures accumulated by the monks over centuries. He brings back from his trip to Mount Athos dozens of paintings and drawings, of a striking strength and beauty

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