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Aout, 1915: Nicolaievitch
  • Hermann-Paul
    born: Paris, France ; died: Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône, France ; active: France
  • Aout, 1915: Nicolaievitch, 1916
  • Calendrier de la Guerre, 2ème année
  • Where object was made: France
  • color woodcut
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 345 x 250 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 9/16 x 9 13/16 in
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 310 x 205 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/16 x 8 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0060.01

A thin, bearded man in a long coat, black boots, and military cap (identified as Russian Grand Duke Nicolas Nicolaievitch) stands in the immediate foreground in front of a group of three refugees comprised of a mother with a yound child on her back and a young boy carrying a large bundle. In the background is a burning townscape with a prominent onion-domed church. In August 1915, Grand Duke Nicolas took nominal control of Russian troops in the Caucasus region, the site of heavy fighting with the Ottoman Empire. Nicolaievitch was criticized for calmly standing by during horrific defeats on both the Austro-Hungarian and Caucasian fronts.