German Photographer (20th Century). Medium: black and white photograph. Date: 1923. The Occupation of the Ruhr between 1923 and 1925, by troops from France and Belgium, was a response to the failure of the German Weimar Republic to pay reparations in the aftermath of World War I, in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.