Exhibition of Moroccan Art


This World War I poster advertises an exhibition of Moroccan art for the benefit of wounded Moroccan soldiers. It shows a wounded soldier standing over a seated Moroccan artisan, who is painting a ceramic bowl. Moroccan units fought as part of the French Army from the early days of the war, beginning with the participation of the Moroccan Brigade in the September 1914 Battle of the Marne. In all, 37,300 Moroccan soldiers, all of them volunteers, fought with the French forces in Europe. The number of Moroccan soldiers wounded in the war is unknown; estimates of those killed range from 2,500 to 9,000. This poster was created in Rabat in 1917 by Joseph de la Néziere (1873–1944), a French painter who spent much of his life in North Africa. De la Néziere participated as an artist in the technical mission to French Sudan of 1898–99, organized by General Louis Edgard de Trentinian. He went on to have a long career as a watercolorist specializing in “oriental” themes.

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Publication Information

B. Sirven, Paris


Title in Original Language

Exposition d'art Marocain

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Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 99 x 70 centimeters



  1. Emile Baillaud, Sur les routes du Soudan (Toulouse: Privat, 1902).
  2. Christian Koller, “The Recruitment of Colonial Troops in Africa and Asia and their Deployment in Europe during the First World War,” Immigrants & Minorities 26, numbers 1−2 (March−July 2008).

Last updated: October 25, 2013