Dawn after Darkness!


This 1918 poster is one of a series of six lithographs by artist Alexander Oscar Levy (1881–1934) made toward the end of World War I. These lithographs celebrated the U.S. victory and commemorated the sacrifices made by the U.S. armed forces during the war. This poster shows the allegorical figure of Liberty leading troops to victory; in the foreground are German prisoners of war and refugees. The text of a separate poster advertising the set of prints declared: “This tribute to our American heroes who made the supreme sacrifice for right & liberty is respectfully dedicated to that clear-visioned herald of true democracy & world peace, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America A.D. 1918.” Levy was born in Bonn, Germany and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of three. He lived first in Cincinnati and studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy. He later settled in Buffalo, New York, where he worked as an illustrator, commercial artist, and painter.

Last updated: October 25, 2013