Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Preservation of Art
  • John Vondrous
    born: Chotusice, Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) ; died: Prague, Czechoslovakia (present-day Czech Republic) ; active: United States
  • Preservation of Art, 1918
  • The Kultur-Bearers
  • Where object was made: United States or Europe
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 254 x 182 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 10 x 7 3/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 303 x 225 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 15/16 x 8 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 16 in
  • Museum purchase: Elmer F. Pierson Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0065.02
Label Text

The image possibly depicts the German attack on Rheims (20 September 1914) and the destruction of Rheims Cathedral, the image is of the cathedral façade partially covered in billows of smoke, debris is falling to the ground, very small figures of the dead are seen laying in front of the cathedral while others are running away from the destruction.