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Object Name Painting
Catalog Number UNNUMBERED-277
Creator Dartique, Rene
Date 1948
Material(s) Watercolor on paper mounted to board
Dimensions H-18.875 W-24.75 inches
Description This colorful watercolor on paper is titled "The Basque Kitchen." It features a French kitchen scene. Two women at a large cooking fireplace. A third woman is in the back on the right. A man is in the forefront drinking wine from a flask/pouch. Another man is near the door on the right with a walking stick in his hand. The painting is inscribed at the bottom, "Biarritz November 19th 1948/The Basque Kitchen/Heartily offered by/R. Dartique ex-interpreter of B.A.U./Happy Christmas, happy new year/Rene Dartique/ex-interpreter of Biarritz American University/4 Rue du Manege/Biarritz (Basses Pyranees)."
Notes Possibly part of a collection housed in French 'Merci' train and given to Kentucky in 1949. The Kentucky Railway Museum has the Kentucky 40 & 8 car, part of 50 such cars sent to the US after WWII as thanks from the people of France (the Merci Train) for all America did to assist them during the War and for the sacrifices of American soldiers from WWI and WWII who liberated France. The 40&8 cars were filled with gifts from the people of France and sent to the US. There were 50 cars one for each State and one for the District of Columbia and the US Territories.
Media Links Mercitrain.org
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Dartique, Rene
Search Terms France
Merci Train
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS