Size: 32 x 47 inches
Artist: Willette, Adolphe L.
This striking poster was produced for the Journée du Poilu ("The Day of the Unshaven"), which referred to WW1 soldiers coming home from the front for Christmas. Organized by the government, this holiday was meant to offer soldiers a short stay with their families during the holiday season. 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.
Adolphe L. Willette was a French painter, caricaturist and illustrator, as well as a lithographer. He is also reputed for being the architect of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. His style is often described as sincere in its depiction of human emotion, especially love as idyllic, charming and sweet. Under pseudonyms like "Cemoi", "Pierrot," "Louison," "Bebe," and "Nox," this artist contributed regularly to the French illustrated press.
This heartwarming poster is in great condition and is backed on linen, ready to be framed.