A View of the Marne
Description: In 1914, the German advance on Paris was halted on the Marne. After the French beat them back, the line consolidated in the east where both sides dug in for the stalemate which would characterize the Western Front.
With the conflict at a safe distance from Paris, civilians had an opportunity to visit the battle field. Hermann-Paul visited this moonscape several times starting in the fall of 1914 where he documented the battle's aftermath.
This pencil drawing was embellished with ink and water color. It was sold by the Hermann-Paul estate without documentation. It probably dates to the spring on 1915 because the battle field is free of bodies and the tourist has a clean path upon which to walk.
Provenance: Private Collection