Writer and artist Raymond Fontanet, known as Renefer (1876-1957), was mobilized to serve in the French military in 1914 and, throughout the war, always carried pencils and a sketchbook in his hands.
Renefer’s works included illustrated correspondence with his daughter – a unique testimony from a father to a daughter about life in the trenches. This bilingual exhibition presents the correspondence and works of Renefer during the Great War with each panel including text depicting the life of Renefer as an artist and soldier as well as some of his illustrations.
An exhibition of Renefer's works continues through Dec. 22, 2015 at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago. Details: http://www.af-chicago.org/app/Calendar.php?event=1327&type=