French Sculpture Census

artist © : public domain

ALLOUARD, Henri
Paris 1844 - ? 1929

Aux Dames de la Croix Rouge
Red Cross

1916
bronze

plaquette
2 x 2 3/4

Acc. No. : 45.17
Credit Line : Gift of Nina Cullinan

Houston, Texas, The Museum of Fine Arts

www.mfah.org

Provenance

  • 1945, Gift of Nina Cullinan

Bibliography

  • Museum's website (accessed 6 January 2016)

Related Works

Other copy at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, A.88-1920.

Comment



Victoria and Albert Museum's website (accessed 6 January 2016):
This bronze plaquette was made by Henri Allouard in France, 1916. This plaquette commemorates the nurses of the Red Cross. The soldier on this plaquette is probably intended to portray a man blinded by gas. After 1916 mustard gas attacks were more or less constant on the Western Front. Exposure was often fatal, following a slow agonising descent through burns to skin and external organs to respiratory failure. Those who survived were frequently left blind, and with permanent breathing difficulties.