Raymond Fontanet, known as Renefer, is a French WWI artist. In 1914, at 35 years of age, he was drafted into the 1st Engineering Regiment and was given the task of sketching the topography of the battlefields so as to provide a more accurate basis for planning artillery barrages. He depicted life in the trenches, recording the tragedy and devastation as it happened before his eyes. ‘’Letters and Artworks From War - Renefer: 1914-18’’ is an exhibition curated for the Centre Francophone by Shelby Wratchford, a double major in Art and French at Webster University, in partnership with the National WWI Museum in Kansas City, and the Consulat de France in Chicago. This exhibition consists of 6 panels, along with the translations from French to English. The panels consist of direct quotes from letters sent from battlefield that Renefer sent to his daughter, along with the drawings from the war.
This is an amazing opportunity for Webster. To see the letters and artwork written and created amidst such a time of devastation and ruin is enlightening and offers an interesting perspective of the inner workings of the war. The work is invaluable and important to all viewers, whether they are just visiting or are students of art, history, psychology,or (of course) French.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons
545 Garden Ave. 63119