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En Guerre

French Illustrators and World War I

With 2014 marking the one-hundredth anniversary of the commencement of World War I, En Guerre offers a fresh, thought-provoking exploration of the impact of the Great War as viewed through the lens of French graphic illustration of the period. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of these illustrations at the University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center, this catalog draws from illustrated books, magazines, and prints to present a wide range of perspectives on themes essential to a deeper understanding of the war in France: patriotism, nationalism, propaganda, and the soldier’s experience, as well as the mobilization of the French national home front as seen through fashion, music, humor, and children’s literature. With a text by noted historians Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein and featuring more than one hundred reproductions of the vivid and colorful work of French illustrators, En Guerre reaffirms the persuasive role that art can play in the service of political and military power.

144 pages | 140 color plates | 8 x 11

Art: European Art

History: European History

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments

Illustrating the Great War Neil Harris

Catalogue Teri J. Edelstein

                The Allies


                The War between Covers

                The French Soldier

                Cultivating the Home Front

                Fashioning the War

                The Children’s War

                The Battle


Checklist of the Exhibition

Biographical Notes

Selected Bibliography

Supporters and Image Credits

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