In Belgium the Belgians are Hungry. Artistic Raffle


This World War I poster, showing a group of hungry Belgians waiting with food pails, advertises a raffle to raise money for food relief in Belgium. During the early weeks of the war, the German military marched through Belgium on its way into France. Germany soon occupied most of the densely populated country, which relied on imports for much of its food supply. By the winter of 1914–15, millions of Belgians faced starvation. Large-scale private relief efforts were organized in other European countries and in the United States and Canada. This poster lists the honorary officers of the Alliance Franco-Belge (the organizer of the raffle), provides the address where raffle tickets could be purchased, and includes information about the gifts offered for each raffle ticket purchase as well as the prizes to be won from the drawing. The work is by Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859–1923), a Swiss-born French painter who was one of the leading poster artists in France during the period of the Belle Époque (1871–1914). Steinlen is best known for his Chat Noir (black cat) posters, advertising the cabaret of that name frequented by many avant-garde artists.

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Lapina, Paris


Title in Original Language

En Belgique les Belges ont faim. Tombola artistique

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1 print (poster) : lithograph (two colors) ; 125 x 94 centimeters



  1. Stanley Appelbaum, French Satirical Drawings from “L’Assiette au Beurre” (New York: Dover, 1978).

Last updated: August 18, 2014