French WWI Patriotic Poster “Le Jour Du Poilu (Soldier’s Day)” 1915 Maurice Neumont LA14

A rare original example of a much reproduced poster proclaiming the national Day of the Poilu, the popular and affectionate term for the French soldier, the meaning of which is essentially the Scruffy Ones.

31 1/8″ x 46 5/8″. Mounted on canvas a while ago, has incurred some damage to its edges since (see photos).

Price on request.

Maurice Neumont, born on September 22 1868 in Paris where he died on February 10 1931 at the âge of 68 was a French painter, lithograph artist, illustrator and poster artist.

A student of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Maurice Neumont showed work at the Salon des Artistes Français of 1902. During the first World War he produced many notable propaganda posters.  Member of the Société Artistique et Littéraire « Le Cornet », Maurice Neumont illustrated 56 numbers of their periodical between July 4 and November 8. He was one of the founders, together with Jean-Louis Forain, Francisque Poulbot et Adolphe Willette, of the République Libre de Montmartre. Maurice Neumont was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur.