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untitled (portrait of an aviator)
  • Joseph-Félix Bouchor
    1853–1937
    born: Paris, France ; died: Paris, France ; active: France
  • untitled (portrait of an aviator), 1915
  • Where object was made: France
  • oil on panel
  • Canvas/Support: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in
    Frame Dimensions: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Eric Gustav Carlson
  • On view: Kemper Balcony, 408, E4
  • 2014.2526
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Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
" Camouflage and Other Hidden Treasures from the Eric Gustav Carlson WWI Collection", 02-Mar-2019
Bouchor traveled with the Allied troops and recorded many aspects of the conflict. The inscription on this painting indicates that on June 6, 1915, pilot Q. and observer A., flying a Morane aircraft, shot down an Aviatik aircraft near Verdun. Aviatik was a German aircraft manufacturer and the French Morane-Saulnier factory manufactured the first aircraft fighter used during the war. The Allied aviator wears a leather helmet for protection from engine noise and the cold.


Exhibition Label:
"Empire of Things," Jun-2014, Steve Goddard
Bouchor travelled with the Allied troops and recorded many aspects of the conflict. The inscription indicates that while flying their Morane aircraft, Captain Q… and Military Observer A… shot down a German aircraft (Aviatik) near Verdun, France on June 6, 1915.