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Jenny Schmit Purvis MWF 10:10 Poster art became a popular art form in the 1890s as a way for artists to communicate a message, give an opinion or advertise events, musicians, and films. Henri de Toulouse-Laurtec was among the number of noted artists that spearheaded this movement by using lithography , a method for printing using a stone or a metal place, to advertise for nightclubs. Posters such as “Jane Avril” would be placed in marketplaces so tha (1)
This piece is an example of a British propaganda poster. This was released and circulated throughout England during 1914, and it used as a rallying point to get young English men to enlist. During this time, the country was undergoing a call to arms, and many of the citizens were joining the army to help bring Britton glory in World War 1. The poster displays this, with the main subject engaging the onlooker by pointing at him. The poster’s main subject Lord Kitchener is depicted from the neck up. This helps those looking on it recognize him and feel connected. This is emphasized with the appearance the piece gives off, that Kitchener is staring right at you. The artwork was done by Alfred Leete, and you can see he took great care emphasizing the face, while making Kitchener impressive and someone that you can have faith in. The person depicted in this piece is a man by the name of Lord Kitchener. During the time preceding the outbreak of World War I, Kitchener was given then position of Secretary of War. Kitchener had to decide how to gain the trust of the country and get the number of soldiers he believed he needed to win the war. This campaign became legendary, and has been resurrected in many other countries such as the United States, Germany, as well as many others. For those who say that a piece of propaganda art such as this couldn’t possibly persuade someone of something; I tell you to try arguing that with the Lord Kitchener. Through these series of Kitchener posters, designed by Alfred Leete, more than 2 million men were compelled to fight and possibly die for their country during the first two years of the war. (1)