1915 Original French War Poster, Journee du Poilu, Enfin Seuls - Willette
Size: 46.5 x 31.5 inches
Notes: Poster, Linen Backed, lithograph
Artist: Willette, Adolphe L.
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About The Poster: This striking poster by Leon Adolphe Willette (1857-1926) was produced for the Journée des Poilus (The day of the unshaven - which referred to the soldiers coming home from the WWI front). Willette and other French artists of the time were called France's secret weapon - their skills and impeccable artistry were used to move the French public to support the war and subscription efforts.
This poster is in very good condition and linen backed. There is some spotting on the top edge of this poster, please see photo for close-up.
According to Wikipedia: Willette was born in Chalons-sur-Marne. He studied for four years at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Cabanel, training which gave him a unique position among the graphic humorists of France. Whether comedy or tragedy, dainty triviality or political satire, his work is instinct with the profound sincerity of the artist. He set Pierrot upon a lofty pedestal among the imaginary heroes of France, and established Mimi Pinson, frail, lovable, and essentially good-hearted, in the affections of the nation. Willette is at once the modern Watteau of the pencil, and the exponent of sentiments that move the more emotional section of the public. Always a poet, and usually gay, fresh, and delicate, in his presentation of idylls exquisitely dainty and characteristically Gallic, illustrating the more 'charming' side of love, often pure and sometimes unnecessarily materialistic. Willette frequently reveals himself bitter and fierce, even ferocious, in his hatreds, being a violent though at the same time a generous partisan of political ideas, furiously compassionate with love and pity for the people whether they be ground down under the heel of political oppression, or are merely the victims of unrequited love.