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Henri Farré and the Birth of Combat Aviation

Already a well-established portraitist when World War I broke out, Henri Farré secured his claim to lasting fame when he volunteered for French Air Service at age 43 and became the first artist to document in-flight combat firsthand; his achievements would earn him the Legion of Honor. After the war, he settled in Chicago. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Henri Farré and the Birth of Combat Aviation showcases some 20 of his paintings, along with archival materials relating to that early era of warfare in the skies.