SET OF 12 WORLD WAR ONE PRINTS TITLED “THE SOUL OF FRANCE” BY LUCIEN JONAS

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This set of twelve prints are photogravures depicting phases of the World War as experienced by the French people done by one of the greatest war artists of the period.

The prints come housed in a light green cloth hardcover case that has split at the hinge with some moderate surface dirt and edge wear but is other wise good. The prints are held within the two covers by a tri-folding light green envelope.

Each print is done on white paper meas. approx. 15.00 x 20.50 inches with the artwork at center measuring 8.50 x 12.00 inches. The bottom of each bears the title in handwritten pencil. The titles are;

THE BLIND CHAPLIN AND THE PARALYSED SOLDIER

THE RAMPARTS OF VERDUN “THEY SHALL NOT PASS”

I SHALL TELL NOTHING

THEY MUST WAIT FOR REVENGE

THE BLIND

SELF SCARIFICE

THEY HAVE KILLED HER

MATER DOLOROSO

THE PERMANTLY DISABLED

A VOLUNTEER

I LOVE YOU ALL THE BETTER AS YOU ARE NOW

THE SOWER

Prints are all in good condition. Some have minor edge dirt which should easily clean up or could be covered by a mat if framed.

Very nice set in original condition.

The artist, Lucian Jonas was born in Anzin, France on April 8, 1880.  In 1899, he entered the École des beaux-arts in Paris and in 1901 he became a member of the Society of French Artists. In 1902, Lucien Jonas also worked in the studio of Albert Maignan, with whom he formed a close friendship.

In February 1915, Jonas was appointed as a “Military Painter attached to the Army Museum.” On different assignments he traveled to the front, from Belgium to the Vosges. He was asked to paint portraits of French military leaders as well as U.S. General Pershing (August 14, 1917, currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ) and French General Foch (the day after his appointment as Generalissimo). In all, he painted seven to eight hundred oil panels, and nearly four thousand drawings reproduced in large numbers in L'Illustration , Les Annales politiques et littéraires , Lectures pour tous and in the Allied newspapers.

In 1916, he was appointed official painter of the Navy. As a war painter, many of his compositions, including battle scenes, were adapted into postcards throughout the First World War.

Jonas died in Paris on September 20, 1947. He is buried at La Flèche, in a tomb located, as he wished, near those of the soldiers of the French Remembrance.  [ad]

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