Saturday, March 7, 2009
The Art Of The Poster
The lithograph poster above, printed in Paris, was created by Francisque Poulbot in 1920 to encourage the French to invest in the recovery effort from the destruction caused by World War I. The little girl wears a torn dress, the colors of the French flag, and a Phrygian cap, the symbol of the French Revolution, as she stands amid the rubble of war.
The lithograph poster below was printed in 1917, while the war still raged and victory was far from assured. The artist, George Belin Scott, shows Marianne, the symbol of French values, holding a sword and a French flag, leading marching soldiers. It translates: "For the Flag! For Victory! Subscribe to the National Loan".
Both images are courtesy of the Library of Congress.