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Ils ne passeront pas

[They will not go through]

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inscription: Ils ne passeront pas / G/ Joffre / 1916

Acc. No.: Z 1981.190

Credit Line: Museum collection

Photo credit: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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Provenance

  • Museum collection

Related works

  • Other copy at Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington State.

Comment

  • It is about Maréchal Pétain’s supposed order to Joffre (see Wikipedia: Although Pétain did say "On les aura!" (an echoing of Joan of Arc, roughly: "We'll get them!"), the other famous quotation often attributed to him – "Ils ne passeront pas!" ("They shall not pass"!) – was actually uttered by Robert Nivelle who succeeded him in command of the Second Army at Verdun in May 1916.)