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Septembre, 1915: Joffre
  • Hermann-Paul
    1864–1940
    born: Paris, France ; died: Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône, France ; active: France
  • Septembre, 1915: Joffre, 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
  • 2011.0060.02
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

A white-mustachioed man in a heavy coat and military cap trimmed in yellow seems to brace himself against wind in a flat landscape. Behind him, five soldiers run toward the low horizon beneath billowing clouds, possibly smoke. The man, identified as Marshal Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre, was the much-beloved commander of French forces during WWI. On 24 September 1915, after weeks of stalemate, Joffre led French, Belgian, English, and Colonial in a desperate but victorious offensive in Champagne.