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Fevrier 1916: Castelnau
  • Hermann-Paul
    born: Paris, France ; died: Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône, France ; active: France
  • Fevrier 1916: Castelnau, 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
  • 2011.0060.07

A portly man with a white mustache (identified as French general, Noël Marie Joseph Édouard, Vicomte de Curières de Castelnau) in a simple, blue military uniform and cap holds a pair of binoculars. In the middle ground at the right side of the print, a French tricolor flag is set atop a small hill; beyond, the city of Verdun is visible below ominous black puffs of smoke. This print commemorates the beginning of the Battle of Verdun on 21 February1916, when Castelnau engineered the initial defenses against German bombardment.