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War Torn Country Near Verdun

1919
9 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (23.5 x 29.5 cm)

John C. Wenrich
American (1894 - 1970)

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Graphite with gouache on paper
Credit Line: Gift of John A. and Jeanne P. Wenrich
Accession Number: 2003.98
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After the war, John Wenrich stayed in Europe and sketched the cities and landscapes of France. In this bleak sketch of the French city of Verdun, dated January 18, 1919, Wenrich captured the devastation of modern warfare; a sight most Americans had little experience viewing first hand. The Battle of Verdun, a year-long battle that ended before America entered the war, resulted in nearly one million casualties and was the bloodiest battle of the war.

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