L'ecole des neutres (The neutrals' lesson)

Place Europe: France
Accession Number ART50137
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 38.2 x 56.5 cm
Object type Print
Physical description photoengraving on Japan paper; edition: 144/300
Maker Forain, Jean-Louis
Place made France: Paris
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A German submarine surfaces after having torpedoed an unknown boat. The captain and his second-in-command stand on deck to view the boat with binoculars. One of them remarks: 'It's a Scandinavian/ Ah!...I breathe easy'. In 1917 America broke diplomatic relations with Germany because of the constant torpedoing of their boats; while Sweden, Norway and Denmark sent a protest note to Germany. Coutin 1987 (117D). This work was published in 'Le Figaro', 14 February 1917, p. 3 (117A). There is a drawing of this subject in a private collection (117B). It was included in 'De la Marne au Rhin' II, p. 16 (117E).