Monotypes of Chatou

The 11 June 1922, Leon Haffner stages the famous monotypes of Chatou in regatta on the Seine.

Monotypes of Chatou decorated with flagships on the Seine, Paris. 1922
Léon Haffner (Paris 1881-Paris 1972)
S. bd L. Haffner (name accompanied by an anchor, symbol of belonging to the corps of official Naval painters)
Watercolor enhanced with gouache. H. 0,47; L. 0,735
Gift of the Association of Friends of the Museum of the Navy. Inv. 2014.9.1
© National Maritime Museum / A.Fux

The 11 June 1922, a nautical day is organized in Paris, at the initiative of the Maritime and Colonial League which works to raise awareness of the French public to the maritime fact.
Involved in many ways, Léon Haffner, official painter of the Navy, does not miss this appointment. Archivist librarian of the League, the illustrator is indeed also an excellent regatta, member of the Nautical Circle of Chatou which contributes to the animation of the event.
On this work, it depicts the famous monotypes of Chatou, recognizable by the cutaway of their bow called "la marotte". The regatta played on the Seine by these twenty pavilion units excited a large crowd, massed between the Pont Neuf and the Pont des Invalides and the press of the time including Le Yacht, echoed the echo of this memorable feast.
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