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A la Gloire de Jean Corentin Carré
  • Victor Emile Prouvé
    1858–1943
    born: Nancy, France ; died: Sétif, Algeria
  • A la Gloire de Jean Corentin Carré, 1919
  • Where object was made: France
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 672 x 505 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 26 7/16 x 19 7/8 in
    Canvas/Support: 777 x 601 mm
    Canvas/Support: 30 9/16 x 23 11/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Eric Gustav Carlson
  • Not on display
  • 2014.3014
Description

The top half of the poster is a depiction of Jean Corentin Carré (also known as Corentin Jean Carré or Jean-Corentin Carré), the youngest French soldier. He is depicted on a battlefield, armed with a rifle, emerging from a trench. He is accompanied by two other soldiers, further back in the trench. An artillery shell explodes behind them and a biplane flies overhead. Below the text is a smaller image of two schoolboys sitting at a desk, one of whom reads as the other looks on. The text reads: “né au Faouët le 9 Janvier 1900
Engagé au 41e Régt d'infanterie le 27 Avril 1915
mort en combat aérien le 18 Mars 1918.
'Je ne pourrais pas vivre sous le joug de l'ennemi; c'est pourquoi je suis soldat.
Eh! bien, ce sentiment de l'honneur, c'est a l'école que je l'ai appris, et c'est vous mon cher maître, un de ceux qui me l'ont enseigné!
Je souhaite que tous les petits écoliers comprennent les leçons qui leur sont données de la même manière que je les ai comprises.
La vie en elle même n'est rien si elle n'est bien remplie'
Lettre de Jean Corentin Carré à l'instituteur du Faouët.
[To the glory of Jean Corentin Carré. Born in Le Faouët on 9 January 1900. Enrolled in the 41st Infantry Regiment on 27 April 1915. Died in aerial combat on 18 March 1918. 'I would not be able live under the enemy yoke; that is why I am a soldier. Well, that feeling of honour, I learnt it at school, and you, my dear sir, are one those who taught me it! I wish that all the little schoolchildren may understand the lessons given to them in the same way as I understood them. Life in itself is nothing if it is not well filled.' Letter from Jean Corentin Carré to the primary school teacher at Le Faouët.]”