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Juin 1916: Broussilof
  • Hermann-Paul
    born: Paris, France ; died: Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône, France ; active: France
  • Juin 1916: Broussilof, 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
  • 2011.0060.11

A thin man with a wiry mustache in tall black boots, a military uniform, and cap (identified as Russian general Alexei Brusilov, his name francized to “Broussilof” in the accompanying text) stands with his back to the viewer, looking over his shoulder. Behind him, many figures in darker uniforms with their arms raised in a gesture of surrender advance toward the viewer under a cloudy sky. This print visualizes the so-called Brusilov Offensive, masterminded by the general and launched on June 4, 1916. Brusilov transformed and refined Russian tactics, learning from previous failures, and successfully captured 400,000 Austro-Hungarian troops along the Eastern front during the three month campaign.