Serbian Concert and Exhibition


This World War I poster advertises a concert and art exhibition to take place in Paris on June 17–18, 1916, for the benefit of Serbia. The poster depicts a classical female figure with a crown of thorns around her feet, presumably representing Serbia, and lists the officers and members of the organizing committee for the event. The president of the committee was Princess Alexis Karageorgevitch, a non-reigning member of the Serbian royal family. The Kingdom of Serbia suffered heavy military and civilian losses during the war. The European conflict was precipitated by the killing, at Sarajevo in June 1914, of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. Ferdinand was assassinated by a young anti-Austrian Bosnian nationalist, with the support of high-ranking Serb officials. Austria-Hungary, backed by its ally Germany, was determined to “punish” Serbia and overran the country in late 1915. This poster is by Slavko Vorkapich (1895–1976), who was born in a Serbian-speaking part of Austria-Hungary and trained as a painter in Belgrade, Budapest, and Paris. In 1920, he immigrated to the United States, where he went on to have a distinguished career in Hollywood as a film director and editor.

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Pichot, Paris


Title in Original Language

Concert et exposition serbe

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Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph (sepia ink) ; 120 x 80 centimeters



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Last updated: February 12, 2016