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The Great Nave: Wounded Soldiers Performing Arms Drill at the End of Their Medical Treatment

Unknown (French)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 21.9 x 27.9 cm (8 5/8 x 11 in.) Mount: 28 x 34.7 cm (11 x 13 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 691
During World War I, wounded soldiers who had been sent to Paris to recover were drilled in the cavernous Grand Palais to prepare them for a return to the front.
Signature: Printed on mount recto below print: "La Grande Nef / Le maniement des armes des blessés en fin de traitement"

Inscription: Letterpress on mount recto, BC: "LA GRANDE NEF // Le maniement d'armes des blessés en fin de traitement."
[Alain Paviot, Paris & Galerie F, Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, December 1, 1997

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "As It Happened: Photographs from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 7, 2002–August 25, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ""Our Future Is In The Air": Photographs from the 1910s," November 10, 2010–April 10, 2011.

Szarkowski, John. Photography Until Now. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1989. p. 171.

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