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Titled, and “No 16”
Label, The Milch Galleries, New York, NY

According to Forrest Fenn and Carleen Milburne in their recent book on the artist, “When World War I broke out in 1914, Gaspard enlisted in the Second Escadrille de Lyon of the French Aviation Corps. He was assigned to the forces aligned with Russia against the German Empire....

“When Gaspard wasn’t flying, he made oil sketches depicting the ravages of war-prisoners slogging through snowy streets, soldiers marching along muddy roads with guns at the ready...His scenes were not gruesome and bloody, as were many war paintings executed at that time. Instead they showed the bravery and camaraderie of the troops and the citizenry...”

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