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L'Incombustible
  • Henry Chapront
    1876–1965
    born: Rochefort, France ; died: Rochefort, France ; active: France
  • L'Incombustible, 1914–1918
  • Where object was made: France
  • color aquatint, etching, à la poupée
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 231 x 143 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 1/8 x 5 5/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 393 x 254 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 10 in
  • Gift of Professor Eric Gustav Carlson
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0300
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

In the center of the image is a stone pillar on top of which is a seated, nude female figure who is covering her head with a dark cloak which folls on her proper right leg. She is wearing several necklaces, one appears to be made of skulls, and one has the iron cross on it. She wears a large hoop earring. In her proper right hand she is holding a candelabra, identified as a menorah, holding seven candles bearing the flags of the Allied countries. In the background is a burning city and in the foreground are partially visible heads of human figures, one of whom is wearing a German military helmet.