Études de Boches

Études de Boches
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LOUVEAU-ROUVEYRE, Marcel Eugene. Etudes de Boches 16 Aquarelles de Louveau-Rouveyre. VERDUN and the Somme 1916. An album of original sketches by Marcel Eugene Louveau- Rouveyre (1881-1941) comprising seven watercolour sketches and nine graphite drawings, all signed and all but one dated. Mainly captioned “prisonnier allemand” [ German prisoner], “Malades allemands” [Wounded Germans] “au travail “ [at work] or similar. The images, on various different papers, are fixed into a notebook with brown card wraps, titled to the front in red and black crayon. It seems likely that the images were made in the rear of the front line trenches, where wounded soldiers were treated, and prisoners processed. 
Not much is known of Louveau-Rouveyre. We have found details of a Marie Louveau-Rouveyre , an engraver, possibly a parent. Marcel seems to have worked as a  painter, etcher; copperplate engraver and watercolourist, and his works are listed online. We have found auctions of his work dating from the 1990’s through to 2015. He was active in Paris and studied under Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant (1845-1902), Léon Bonnat (1833-1922), and Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921). He would have been thirty five years of age when the images were made, but we have not been able to discover if he was serving in the French forces at the time, or was working as a war artist.
Battlefield art from World War One (“ trench art”) is increasingly hard to find and is sought after.The works here, titled with a pejorative name for the German soldiers, and depicting prisoners and wounded men, might well have served as a propaganda exercise, demystifying the power of the German army. 

 

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