For the Freedom of the World. Subscribe to the National Loan at the Banque Nationale de Crédit
This World War I poster issued by the French Banque Nationale de Crédit urges French citizens to purchase war bonds, “for the freedom of the world.” An image of the Statue of Liberty appears on the horizon, an allusion to the entry into the war of the United States on April 6, 1917. The participation of the United States gave a lift to the people of France, who by this time had suffered huge casualties in battles with Germany and had expended much of the nation’s wealth to fight the war. This poster is by Georges Goursat (1863–1934), a French artist who signed his works “SEM.” Goursat was known for his caricatures of Paris society during the Belle Époque (the period in France between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the start of World War I, 1871–1914). In 1914, Goursat threw himself into the war effort, serving as a war correspondent, writing patriotic articles and books, and designing posters for war bonds. This poster was published by Devambez, a firm of engravers and printers taken over by Édouard Devambez in 1873 and carried on by his son André Devambez. The company specialized in the fine printing of art works, but it also produced many popular posters during the war.
Title in Original Language
Pour la liberté du monde. Souscrivez à l'emprunt national à la Banque Nationale de Crédit
Type of Item
1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 119 x 77 centimeters
- Roger-Henri Guerrand, “Sem, Georges Goursat, dit (1863-1934),” Encyclopædia Universalis, http://www.universalis.fr/encyclopedie/georges-goursat-dit-sem/.
Last updated: July 19, 2017