The Restoration of Alsace Lorraine to France

Maurice GREIFFENHAGEN: artist

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About the work

The commanding central figure in this poster
is Marianne – the allegorical figure who,
since the French Revolution, has embodied its revolutionary ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. She is shown here in a maternal role, gathering to herself the unshackled figures of Alsace and Lorraine, protecting them from the background inferno. The region of Alsace-Lorraine lies between France and Germany. Ownership of the territory was claimed by Germany following the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, and during the First World War it was the scene of intense fighting. France officially regained control of the area in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles.
The Restoration of Alsace Lorraine to France
Artist/Maker and role
Maurice GREIFFENHAGEN: artist
colour lithograph
70 x 44.5cm (image)
Credit line
Gift of H.M. Government, 1921
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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