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A Bas L'Armée Bourgeoise

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Guérin, D. (maker)
    Collectif de lutte anti-miliariste (issued by)
    Imprimerie Abexpress (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR28

Physical description

Line drawing of a male figure in a top hat, smoking a cigar. Glove puppet of a general with a bloodied hand, fighter plane between his teeth. Each digit of the hand is topped by a helmeted soldier. This whole scene appears within rifle cross-hairs. The figure and hand puppet cast long shadows.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1970 (made)


Guérin, D. (maker)
Collectif de lutte anti-miliariste (issued by)
Imprimerie Abexpress (printers)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

11 Novembre/ Journée anniversaire de la/ boucherie impérialiste de 14-18/ Journée de lutte anti-militariste
11 November/ Anniversary of the 14-18 imperialist butchering/ Day of anti-militarist protest [struggle]
top centre

Down with the Bourgeois Army
middle left

Solidarité avec les soldats en lutte, avec les insoumis, les déserteurs,/ les objecteurs victimes de la répression!
Solidarity with the struggling soldiers, soldiers absent without leave [or the rebellious], deserters, and conscientious objectors who are victims of repression!
bottom centre

D. GUÉRIN/ B.P. 247-16 75765 Cedex 16/ Imprimerie Abexpress - 72, rue du Château d'Eau, Paris - 10.
bottom left

Collectif de lutte anti-militariste/ Supplément à <> No 16/ Dir. Pub. J.P. Sartre
bottom right

No 323/ A bas l'arme bourgeoise/ Sartre/ 11 Nov/ 7/ 85 Aff. III 16
handwritten in pencil on reverse


Height: 75.3 cm, Width: 57.5 cm

Descriptive line

"A Bas L'Armée Bourgeoise" Journée de lutte anti-militariste. France, ca. 1970.

Production Note

Jean-Paul Sartre, Director of Publication


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Puppet; Militarism; Protest; Agitprop; Propaganda; Cigars


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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