Bismarck, from Les Génies de la Mort

A work made of color lithograph on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of color lithograph on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1870

Artist:

Edmond Guilliaume
French, active 1870s

About this artwork

Edmond Guilliaume’s images are blunt caricatures that combine well-known German symbols, war leaders, and macabre images of destruction. Otto von Bismarck became prime minister of the Prussian state in 1862 and of the unified German Empire in 1871. To a French audience, he was the cruel leader of the Franco- Prussian War (1870–71). With a skull head, pointed Prussian helmet, and Prussian eagle superimposed on his face, Bismarck looms like a poisonous, grasping plant over the destruction of the French countryside. Playing off a noble coat of arms, Guilliaume gave the French enemy a ghoulish image of death.

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Artist

Edmond Guilliaume

Title

Bismarck, from Les Génies de la Mort

Origin

France

Date

1870

Medium

Color lithograph on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

553 × 443 mm (image); 703 × 536 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Robert Chase Endowment

Reference Number

1992.753

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