World War I Propaganda (U.S. Government, 1917). Fine on Li...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionWorld War I Propaganda (U.S. Government, 1917). Fine on Linen. Recruitment Poster (27" X 41.5") "Destroy This Mad Brute," Harry R. Hopps Artwork.
Propaganda posters from the First World War often took a raw, unflinching tone in an attempt to create awareness of wartime efforts and boost patriotism amongst Americans. A perfect example is this indelible image by artist Harry R. Hopps, depicting Kaiser Wilhelm in the form of a hulking, salivating, plundering primate, threatening to bring destruction down upon the shores of America. The wild-eyed beast dons a "militarism" spiked pickelhaube helmet while clutching a bloody trench club inscribed "kultur" in his right hand. As an effective final touch, he is grasping the national symbol of France, Marianne, with his left hand, leaving no doubt about the barbaric nature of the Germans. Along with this incredibly potent imagery, a pointed message to recruits shouts "Destroy This Mad Brute - Enlist!" This stone litho poster had light partial touchup applied to edge wear, pinholes, and small border chips. There were some tears from the edges into the interior, a few of which extend into the Kaiser illustration and Marianne's image. Some of the tears have reattached chips of original paper that have been repaired. These issues may still be visible. One of the most impactful "call to duty" pieces of World War I propaganda, this poster is an exceptional find. Fine on Linen.
Estimate: $8,000 - $16,000.
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