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34.000 x 49.000 inches
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1915 Original French Wwi Poster - En Belgique Les Belges Ont Faim
Painting - Print
Size: 34 x 49 inches
Notes: Poster, Linen backed
Artist: Steinlen, Alexandre Theophil
About The Poster: This WWI poster was to promote a raffle to raise money for Belgian War Refugees. A group of tired, hungry, and poor civlians are standing huddled together, with several holding soup pots, as they look out at the viewer with haggard expressions.
The poster reads “En Belgique les Belges ont faim” (In Belgium the Belgians are hungry). Additional main body text reads “Tombola Artistique au profit de l'alimentation populaire de Belgique - Chaque billet de cinq francs donne droit: A.- a un souvenir, oeurvre speciale; soit une gravure du peintre Firm Baes - soit une medaille breloque. B.- au tirage de la tombola des dons d'Art Applique (Dentelles, broderies, peintures sur vase, soieries, etc. Travaux des femmes belges). On peut se precurer des billets au siege de l'Alliance Franco-Belge 58, Rue de la Victoire, a Paris. Presidents d'Honneur de l'Alliance Franco-Belge. S. E. le Baron Guillaume, Ministre Plenipotentiare de S.M. le Roi des Bleges, a Paris - M. Louis Barthou, Depute, ancien President du Conseil des Ministres - M. Emile Vandervelde, Ministre d'Etat de Belgique - Vice President d'Honneur: M. Dlimier, Sous-Secretaire d'Etat au Ministere des Beaux-Arts. President: M. Steeg, Senateur, ancien Ministre.”
About Steinlen: Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, frequently referred to as just Steinlen (November 10, 1859 – December 13, 1923), was a Swiss-born French Art Nouveau painter and printmaker.
Born in Lausanne, Steinlen studied at the University of Lausanne before taking a job as a designer trainee at a textile mill in Mulhouse in eastern France. In his early twenties he was still developing his skills as a painter when he and his new wife were encouraged by the painter François Bocion to move to the artistic community in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris. Once there, Steinlen was befriended by the painter Adolphe Willette who introduced him to the artistic crowd at Le Chat Noir that led to his commissions to do poster art for the cabaret owner/entertainer, Aristide Bruant and other commercial enterprises…Steinlen became a regular contributor to Le Rire and Gil Blas magazines plus numerous other publications including L'Assiette au Beurre and Les Humouristes, a short-lived magazine he and a dozen other artists jointly founded in 1911. Between 1883 and 1920, he produced hundreds of illustrations, a number of which were done under a pseudonym so as to avoid political problems due to their harsh criticisms of societal ills.
Théophile Steinlen died in 1923 in Paris and was buried in the Cimetière Saint-Vincent in Montmartre. Today, his works can be found at many important museums around the world including at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., United States. (Source : Wikipedia)
August 26th, 2012
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