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Drawn to War


Drawn to War The Political Cartoons of  Louis Raemaekers is on display at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.  The show will run through October 18,2015.

Dutch artist Louis Raemaekers has been called the “supreme cartoonist of the war” and used colored pencils to create his political cartoons to show the horrors of World War I.  In just 4 years, he created over 1,000 cartoons that were printed in color and published in papers throughout the world.  They also appeared on postcards, books, posters and matchbooks and were exhibited in various cities around the globe.   His scathing images of Kaiser Wilhelm caused him to have a bounty put on him, and for his own government to threaten him for jeopardizing their neutrality in the war.

“…he was the one private individual who exercised a real and great influence on the course of the 1914-18 War. There were a dozen or so people – emperors, kings, statesmen, and commanders-in-chief…[o]utside that circle of the great, Louis Raemaekers stands conspicuous as the one man who, without any assistance of title or office, indubitably swayed the destinies of peoples.”

For more information on this show, please visit The National World War I Museum website.


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