American School, 20th Century
A Father Forced to Enlist
Unsigned, inscribed "To the Hon. Pierre Mali, Consul General of Belgium to the United States, with the Compliments of LIFE, April 19, 1917" on a card printed with LIFE's New York address affixed to the frame backing board.
Oil on canvas mounted to heavy pressed paperboard, 27 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (70.0 x 52.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Areas of thin pigment, minor surface grime.
N.B. In its early years, LIFE magazine took sides in politics and international affairs. Magazine co-founder John Ames Mitchell was said to be incensed when Germany invaded Belgium in 1914, and although many Americans still favored neutrality, Mitchell crusaded for the US to enter World War I. The note to Belgium's Consul General affixed to this illustration is dated April 19, 1917, about two weeks after the United States Congress officially voted to declare war with Germany.
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