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Libération. La Fayette, Nous Voilà

Poster
1944 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This poster celebrates the Allied liberation of Paris in August 1944, and also emphasises the bond between France and America. The Statue of Liberty dominates the poster, serving as a reminder of France's famous gift to America, symbolising friendship and the common cause of liberty. The inscription 'LaFayette Nous Voilà' recalls an incident when America had joined the Allies in the First World War. The words of Captain Stanton, General Pershing's aide, were declaimed to riotous cheers as American troops gathered with French forces at General LaFayette's tomb to celebrate their arrival in France.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour lithograph
Brief Description
Second World War poster by R. Dumoulin celebrating arrival of Allied forces in Europe; poster printed under German occupation depicting the Statue of Liberty. France, 1944.
Physical Description
The Statue of Liberty dominates the poster. The inscription reads 'LaFayette Nous Voilà'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 119cm
  • Width: 79.4cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Libération. La Fayette, Nous Voilà.' (translated from the French)
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
Subjects depicted
Summary
This poster celebrates the Allied liberation of Paris in August 1944, and also emphasises the bond between France and America. The Statue of Liberty dominates the poster, serving as a reminder of France's famous gift to America, symbolising friendship and the common cause of liberty. The inscription 'LaFayette Nous Voilà' recalls an incident when America had joined the Allies in the First World War. The words of Captain Stanton, General Pershing's aide, were declaimed to riotous cheers as American troops gathered with French forces at General LaFayette's tomb to celebrate their arrival in France.
Other Number
LS.399 - Leslie Schreyer Loan Number
Collection
Accession Number
E.1-2004

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record createdMarch 14, 2005
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