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12th March 2024

Munitionnette by Ludovic-Rodolphe Pissarro (1878-1952), son of Camille Pissarro, depicts a First World War munitions worker. Despite the fact that this was a vital, wartime-only role, she is demeaned by the coquettish pose - she is a less muscular version of Rosie the Riveter wearing what could be a French revolutionary's Phrygian cap plus inappropriate shoes and green stockings - and by the diminutive name given to these workers. Nevertheless, it tells a fascinating story.

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