National Geographic : 1936 Jan
FACES AND FASHIONS OF ASIA'S CHANGELESS TRIBES © National Geographic Society Painting by Alexandre lacovleff MYSTERY DEEP AS TIME LURKS IN DARK AFGHAN FACES Two of the men carry old-fashioned Russian guns, and all wear the turbans of their tribes. In 1931, Alexandre Iacovleff crossed the mountains and plains of Asia as artist of the Citroen-Haardt Trans-Asiatic Expedition. There he made the portraits of many of the people he met, some of which are reproduced in this series. He drew many of the lifesize originals in crayons and pastel quickly, in one sitting, and did not retouch them later. For his paintings the artist used tempera, a paint based on raw egg and linseed oil, because it dries quickly. He composed and completed Plates I, IV, V, X, XI, and XIII after returning to Paris, from notes and sketches made on the trip.