French WW1 Patriotic Poster – Planting Liberty’s Flag by Abel Faivre LA17

Abel Faivre, who, in addition to producing powerful posters such as this one for the war effort in France, distinguished himself by producing cartoons and images that remained honest and touching during the cataclysm, showing an awareness of the human comedy alongside the tragedy of war. A subtle artist whose delicacy was never blunted by the demands of propaganda.

31 1/2″ x 47″. Mounted on canvas a while ago, has incurred some damage to its edges since (see photos). Rare.

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Abel Faivre (March 30, 1867 – August 13, 1945) was a French painter, illustrator and cartoonist. Jules Abel Faivre was born in Lyon, France. He attended École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon for three years. He then attended the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian. He was a member of the Société des Artistes Français. He lived in La Croix-Valmer. Professionally, he created propaganda posters for the French Army in World War I. He drew comics for Le Rire, L’Écho de Paris, and Le Figaro.

Faivre died in August, 1945, in Nice, France. A boulevard is named after Faivre in La Croix-Valmer. His work is held in the collections of the National Library of Medicine, the University of Michigan, the Museum of Modern Art. and the Brooklyn Museum.

Patriotic Citizen Financing in France

Though it entered war with an already important public debt, France managed its growth in ways comparable to that of other main warring powers, mixing monetary financing, internal and external debt.  State debt purchases were transformed into a patriotic act through intense marketing, but it did not prevent a slow increase in interest rates, albeit a rudimentary circuit policy, leading to a growing share of short-term debt.