L'Emprunt de la Paix [Peace loan]

Place Europe: France
Accession Number ARTV00025
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 114.2 x 80.2 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description chromolithograph on paper
Maker Lebasque, Henri
Date made 1920
Conflict Period 1920-1929
First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This French post-war poster advertises a Peace Loan and depicts scenes of reconstruction - buildings being repaired and rebuilt, factories in full operation, and farmers at work. In the foreground is a woman with her two children, one at the breast. This reflects France's pro-natalist stance after the war, encouraging women to do their civic duty and contribute to its repopulation. France had lost 1.3 million men during the four years of the war and the French government was particularly intent on raising the birth-rate. Legislation introduced in 1920 saw birth control outlawed, and in 1923 abortion was made illegal.