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Maker(s):Laboureur, Jean-Emile
Culture:French (1877-1943)
Title:A l'Abri de la Tempète
Date Made:1918
Measurements:sheet: 8 1/8 in x 9 1/2 in ; 20.6 cm x 24.1 cm; image: 5 7/16 in x 4 13/16 in ; 13.8 cm x 12.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1974.37
Credit Line:Purchased in honor of Edward C. Crossett (Class of 1905)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

AD))): A woman stands on a porch, hands on her hips. She gazes down at a group of four men gathered on the street in front of her. The men are dressed in what appears to be naval garb, as evidenced by white hats and white bibs. Though they are gathered around her, their poses are indicative of movement, momentarily arrested, as if they have all just come to an abrupt halt upon seeing this woman. The building behind her is relatively plain, with the exception of a large inscription, “A l'abris de la tempête,” or “shelter from the storm.” Below this, in smaller lettering, is the word “buvette” – French for bar. The scene, a woodcut, is black and white. (Jackson Carter '25 [voice] / Alex McIntosh '26)

Label Text:
This sheets is a part of an eleven-print series, called Images de l’arrière (Pictures from behind the Front). The series depicts the life of soldiers of all ranks during their time off duty.

For much of his life Laboureur worked as a printmaker, illustrator, and teacher in Paris. He abandoned woodblock printing in the early 1910s in favor of etching. For the war series, he returned to the woodblock, as did Vallotton (on view nearby). By 1912 Laboureur was incorporating Cubist approaches into his work, which are still present in the flattened surface and the abstracted yet expressive figures in Images de l’arrière. He was mobilized in 1914, and, despite his service, continued to be artistically productive.
BJ, 2014

woodcut; French; soldiers; black and white; houses; figures; men; shape; narrative; urban; terraces; text

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