André de Chastanet:
Profile Portrait of Foch, 3rd April 1912
Framed (ref: 5958)
Signed and inscribed with title, dated 3rd April 1912 in pen and ink on the reverse and inscribed no 61.
Bronze: 10 x 8 1/2 in.(25 x 21 cm.) Backboard 11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (30 x 24.5 cm)
Mounted on a Mahogoney panel, 30 x 24 i/1 ins
Born in 1851 Foch had already secured his reputation before the War as a soldier and military theorist. Foch's prestige soared as a result of the victory at the Marne, for which he was widely credited as a chief actor while commanding the French Ninth Army. He was then promoted again to command Army Group North, in which role he was required to cooperate with the British forces at Ypres and the Somme. Appointed Chief of the General Staff in 1917, Foch was ultimately appointed "Commander-in-Chief (Generalissimo) of the Allied Armies" in the spring of 1918. He played a decisive role in halting a renewed German advance on Paris in the Second Battle of the Marne, after which he was promoted to Marshal of France.
On 11 November 1918 Foch accepted the German request for an armistice. Foch advocated peace terms that would make Germany unable to pose a threat to France ever again. After the Treaty of Versailles, because Germany was allowed to remain a united country, Foch declared "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years". His words proved, sadly, prophetic.
From 1904 Castenet exhibited successfully at The Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts alongside Bourdelle , Rodin , Maillol and Carpeau . During this period he became much in demand as a portrait artist .