French born, Jean Pages is most remembered for the covers and illustrator work for the Vogue magazine in New York between the wars. He was also a most accomplished and highly in demand interior decorator in New York, but kept a house and a studio in France, at St. Cloud. In 1944, after having resided in New York for over 15 years, he was attached, in some kind of journalistic capacity, to the US forces of liberation. He joined in the aftermath of the Normandy landings and remained embedded with General Patton’s Third Army throughout the winter of 1944-45, witnessing the crossing of the Rhine in 1945 and going all the way to Berlin.