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Art and palaeontology in German-occupied France: Les Diplodocus by Mathurin Méheut (1943)

By
Jean Le Loeuff
Jean Le Loeuff
Musée des Dinosaures
,
11260 Espéraza
,
France
(e-mail: jean.leloeuff@dinosauria.org)
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

Geologist Yves Milon, the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of Rennes, hired the painter Mathurin Méheut in 1941 to produce a large mural decoration for the new Geological Institute. This resulted in a little known 130 m2 artwork that includes a Mesozoic triptych, the genesis of which is described here. The work was executed during the World War II, when Milon's illegal activities in several English intelligence services-led Resistance movements possibly prevented him from supervising the artist's work and which led to some anatomical inaccuracies. This decoration has survived several threats and constitutes a unique example of a large decorative palaeontological artwork in France. It has a special place in the history of dinosaur reconstructions as the choice of a decorative painting style is far from the usual forms of natural history illustration.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: A Historical Perspective

R. T. J. Moody
R. T. J. Moody
Kingston University, UK
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E. Buffetaut
E. Buffetaut
CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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D. Naish
D. Naish
University of Portsmouth, UK
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D. M. Martill
D. M. Martill
University of Portsmouth, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
343
ISBN electronic:
9781862395916
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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