Winner of the General Government of Indochina Travel Grant, Jouve sets out on a long trip to the Far East. Painter on a mission representing France, he embarked in Marseille, for an eleven-month journey which would lead him successively to Indochina, China, Ceylon, then to India. He will stay for nearly three months in Angkor, fascinated by the beauty and grandeur of the site.
He will bring back from this trip hundreds of studies which will serve to illustrate, "Un Pèlerin d'Angkor", and to create monumental compositions, which will give his work a new decorative dimension. The years following his return were very marked by this trip.