|Method||Lithograph with hand coloruing|
|Published||Pellerin & Cie. Epinal, 1915.|
|Dimensions||Image 335 x 250 mm, Sheet 400 x 295 mm|
A satirical print of the Norse god Thor presented as the god of the German Kaiser, destroying Gothic cathedrals and thus civilisation. Thor symbolises the allegedly barbaric nature of the Germans. Thor is seen wielding his hammer, ready to strike the cathedral below. Over his shoulder is a spear, the bodies of women hanging from the point. In the top left is a depiction of the Kaiser himself Wilhelm II, King of Prussia and German Emperor, in the form of an eagle astride a large bomb, his generals behind him amongst the clouds.
'The War Series' was the last major series of 'Images de Epinal' produced by publishers Pellerin & Cie during World War I. The War Series, running for the duration of World War I, illustrated many aspects of the war, most with a propagandist message and in a caricaturist style.
The town of Epinal, south of Nancy, became synonymous with French popular print production and, as a result, French popular prints are often called 'images d'Epinal' regardless of where they were actually produced. In Epinal the firm of Pellerin, established in 1796 by Nicolas Pellerin, was responsible for most of these prints. It has remained in business for over two centuries, changing its name in 1984 to 'l'Imagerie d'Epinal', and operates today on the outskirts of the city, where it occupies the factory built in 1897.
Condition: Some minor foxing and toning to sheet.