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Old 24 October 2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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Question French Aviator Portraits - Artist Info?

Hello Members of the Art Forum,
I recently purchased these two portraits as part of a lot of WWI art. It was one of those auction impulse buys (I collect, but not WWI art specifically), but I am glad I took the leap as I quite enjoy them. Thanks to this site I obtained information about Alfred Heurtaux, French hero of both wars, and a man I would have loved to have met, and I am working on the other gentleman's identity. However, I cannot divine who the artist is. Can anyone identify his/her name, or have any information about him, or these images???? I believe they are stone lithos. From a series perhaps?
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Old 24 October 2008, 06:18 PM   #2
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The man himself

Henri Farre....

Google him - you should find plenty of material. You might also be interested to know a large number of his original paintings are in the Air Force Art Collection....
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mmm, lovely! and i dig the way he rendered the medals with the only splash of color. congrats on your sweet acquisition!
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Old 25 October 2008, 11:03 AM   #4
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The other man is Henri de Kérillis, a famous bomber pilot.

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Old 25 October 2008, 12:53 PM   #5
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Smile Thanks!

Thanks so much for your assistance - this was the place to come for my answers!
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Wow! Great find!

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Old 29 October 2008, 08:58 AM   #7
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Farre - Sky Fighters of France

Be sure to check out Farre's book "Sky Fighters of France" Sky Fighters of France (Flight, its first seventy-five years): Henry Farre: Books

Originally published in French - the link above is to an English reprint (images are in black and white). This book is Farre's adventures and wonderings from escadrille to escadrille during WWI where he painted pilots as well as air-to-air action - some based on interviews with the pilots, some based on his own flights as a passenger. It is a great read.

Also know that after the war, there was a tour of Farre's paintings in the US to benefit orphans if French fliers from the war. I have a program from the show in Philadelphia, but I know it was also in Boston and Chicago and I can only assume New York.

Yes, the Air and Space Musuem has some quantity of his WWI painitings, but few are in display in the public areas. Several I have seen are hanging in conference rooms in the administrative area on the third floor.

Thanks for sharing these wonderful paintings.
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