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Portrait of Phan Thi An, interpreter
MAIP 13381
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The drawing is one of a bigger collection but it has an exceptional story. In April 2007 a festival of Vietnamese films was held in Warsaw and its organizers asked the Museum for an accompanying exhibition. Kobzdej's portraits were chosen as the topic. During preparations, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Thanh, a young Vietnamese living in Poland, recognized Phan Thi An as his grandmother. His mother and daughter of the portrayed lady, confirmed it. This unusual coincidence made the drawing quite exceptional in the Museum's collection, as a symbol of a long lasting and sometimes surprising contact between Poland and Vietnam.

History of the Object
Made during the journey of Aleksander Kobzdej to Vietnam during the French war, December 1953 - February 1954. One of over 100 portraits and landscapes that were drawn on the front line and in the jungle camps.

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Type
Drawing 
Materials
Paper, ink 
Measurements
Width 29,5 cm Height 39,5 cm  
Creator name
Aleksander Kobzdej 
Creator date
1920-1972 
Where it was made
Northern Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 16 December 1953 
Function
Portrait- documentary drawing made during an artist's travel 
Acquisition
Acquired from the artist's widow, Maryna Kobzdej in 1992 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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