Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care]
|Title||Országos Hadigondozó Kiállitás [National Exhibition of War-Invalid Care]|
|Measurement||Sheet: 100 x 69.6 cm|
|Physical description||lithograph printed in colour on paper backed on linen|
|Copyright||Copyright expired - public domain|
|Description||An Austro-Hungarian poster promoting an fundraising exhibition for War-Invalid Care in Pozsony from July to August 1917. It features the depiction of a young disabled soldier working in a field. His right arm is missing and he is working in the field using an artificial limb. The image is in the upper three-quarters framed within a blue border. The title is positioned beneath the image, printed in blue against a white background.|
'Sujan's portrayal of the boy-veteran and the landscape behind him shows awareness of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and of other nineteenth century realist painters. Though apparently critical of the effects of the war, the poster also shows the reintegration of the discharged soldier into the agrarian economy, where he has returned to productive labour.. .' [Clark, Toby, Art and Propaganda in the Twentieth Century1997, p108]
This large, visually powerful poster directly complements other images in the collection relating to disabled veterans including the strongly scathing images by German artist George Grosz of veterans as beggars discarded by society. This is one of 13 First World War posters purchased by the Memorial at the auction of the Dr Hans Sachs poster collection in 2013.