Artist Louis Octave Mattei: Verdun - On ne passe pas, circa 1917

Artist Louis Octave Mattei: Verdun - On ne passe pas, circa 1917

Hover over the painting to magnify
Enquire
Add to cart
 £1,650 / €1,964 / US$2,409(i)The Euro and Dollar prices shown are approximate: the actual cost when paying with any currency other than GBP will be displayed on the Paypal checkout page. 
 Free shipping

 

Louis Octave Mattei:
Verdun - On ne passe pas, circa 1917

Framed (ref: 5865)
Signed and titled, the original plaster maquette,

20 x 26.5 cm.

See all works by Louis Octave Mattei plaster No Mans Land WW-1 Paintings



Fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916 the battle resulted in nearly one million casualties. In April 1916, Pétain had issued an Order of the Day, "Courage! On les aura" ("Courage! We shall get them") and on 23 June 1916, Nivelle issued: "They shall not pass", a simplification of the actual French text: "Vous ne les laisserez pas passer, mes camarades" ("you will not let them pass, my comrades").
A French lieutenant at Verdun who was later killed by a shell, wrote in his diary on 23 May 1916 "Humanity is mad. It must be mad to do what it is doing. What a massacre! What scenes of horror and carnage! I cannot find words to translate my impressions. Hell cannot be so terrible. Men are mad!"
This original plaster maquette would have subsequently been cast in an edition of bronze and sold as a souvenir of one of the longest and mostly costly battles in human history. 


Share on instagram  Share on Twitter  Share on Google +  Share on Pinterest  Share by mail