With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War I, En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I offers a fresh exploration of the Great War as viewed through French graphic illustration of the period. Drawing on illustrated books, magazines, and prints, it presents a wide range of perspectives essential to a deeper understanding of the war in France: patriotism, nationalism, propaganda, and the soldier's experience. The mobilization of the French national home front is seen through fashion, music, humor, and children's literature. Organized by noted historians Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein, En Guerre features more than 100 examples of vivid and colorful work of French illustrators and reaffirms the role that art can play in serving and challenging power.
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Support for this publication was provided by the Smart Family Foundation, Inc.; the University of Chicago Library Society; the France Chicago Center of the University of Chicago; the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Martha Fleischman; the Institut Français in Paris and the Cultural Service at the Consulate of France in Chicago; and an anonymous donor.
Selected images from the catalog and exhibition:
Left: Charlotte Schaller, En guerre! 1914. On loan from a private collection.
Right: Odette Champion, "Modes de printemps: Berlin-Vienne-Constantinople." Fantasio, 1915.
Gift of Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein, The University of Chicago Library.
Left: Robert Bonfils, "Sur mer." La manière française, 1916. On loan from a private collection.
Right: Louis Lefèvre. "Sur le pont." Rondes glorieuses, undated. On loan from a private collection.