London: Fine Art Society, 1917.
Original poster. Lithograph. 30 x 20 inches
In this advertisement for an exhibition of his work, the Dutch artist Louis Raemaekers warns against the terrorizing influence of Prussian militarism. The true German spirit is symbolized by the female figure of Germania, who cowers in the corner of a dark alley. Her oppressor is a figure of Death who stands above her, dressed as a thief and brandishing a knife. His hollowed skull looks out at the viewer from beneath a cap labeled "Militarism".
From the outset of the war, Raemaekers (1869-1956) was a fierce critic of the Germans and used his cartoons, published in the newspaper "De Telegraaf", to promote the position that the Netherlands should join the Allies. Such was his output that his stance was considered by some to be engaging Dutch neutrality and in 1915 he emigrated to England, where his work was well received at a number of exhibitions and from 1916 his cartoons appeared in the "Daily Mail". This poster is for one such exhibition in 1917 by which time he was becoming known in the United States. It conveys the power of Raemaeker's art for which he was well known. The poster is in very good condition and mounted on linen. Tape residue along top center. Hard to find.