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Avril 1916: Nivelle
  • Hermann-Paul
    born: Paris, France ; died: Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône, France ; active: France
  • Avril 1916: Nivelle, 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
  • 2011.0060.09

A squinting blond-mustachioed man in a light blue military uniform and cap (identified as French general, Robert Nivelle) stands with his arms crossed over his chest looking at another uniformed and helmeted man who has his back to the viewer and is holding a telephone or radio receiver to his ear. The sand bag walls of a trench are visible in the background. Nivelle, who had been an artillery officer at the beginning of the war, served as second in command under Pétain throughout the Battle of Verdun, and took control of the French Second Army at Verdun on 1 May 1916.