"American Soldier YMCA"   Lot no. 3676

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By Joseph-Felix (Jean) Bouchor (French - 1853-1937)

1918 (Estimated)
13.75" x 10.5"
Oil on Board
Signed and Dated Upper Right



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An Open Doorway With the American Y.M.C.A". Inscribed upper right "A mon ami Hall Aout 1918 JF Bouchor". Titled verso.

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Joseph-Félix Bouchor was a student at Paris, and exhibited in 1878 at the Salon des artistes français, but from time to time he used part of the studio of the painter Antonio de La Gandara, rue Monsieur-le-Prince in Paris.

He exhibited at the Rouen National and Colonial Exhibition in 1892. He was a medalist* at the Universal Exhibitions of 1889 and 1900. He was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1900, then an officer in 1913.

During the First World War, being too old to go to the front, he was commissioned by the Army Museum to bring back views of the battlefields. He is the painter of the first works of war entered into the Museum of the Army, relating to the arrival the images of the enemy in October 1914.

He then was assigned to the region of Reims with the first mission official mission of the museum in December of 1914, in the company of François Flameng and Henry Jacquier near Verdun and Nancy. The sites of his battlefield paintings from 1914-1917 included Argonne, Alsace, Artois, Belgium, and Verdun.
After the war he sold many of the war time paintings independently from the Government. Book illustration was another outlet for Bouchor's art.