En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I | University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library | Museums | Chicago Reader

En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended Image

When: Oct. 14-Jan. 2 2015

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and several local institutions have mined their collections to recount the war's history, from its convoluted origins through its devastating aftermath. These include the Newberry Library, which uses newspapers and photographs from its archive to show the role Chicagoans played "over there," and the Art Institute, which highlighted the contributions of photographer Edward Steichen to, among other things, U.S. Army intelligence during the war. (The Art Institute show has closed; the Newberry display will be up until January 3.) But maybe the most unexpected is "En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I" at the University of Chicago library. The vast majority of the pieces on display are executed in the popular styles of the 1910s, familiar from advertisements, magazine illustrations, and children's books, and the full-color works appear almost, well, cheerful. It's an interesting contrast to the more famous images of the war, the black-and-white photos of muddy soldiers in trenches and exhausted Red Cross volunteers. Continue reading >>

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