Chanson de Route by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

Chanson de Route by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

Chanson de Route

Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

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Title

Chanson de Route

 
Artist
Year
c. 1915  
Technique
lithograph (with engraved remarque) 
Image Size
17 3/4 x 13 1/4" image size (not including remarque) 
Signature
pencil signed, lower left; signed in the stone, lower right 
Edition Size
44 of 100  
Annotations
pencil editioned in lower right; titledin the stone, upper left; engraved remarque of bust with long hair wearing cloche in lower right margin; unidentified collector's stamp on verso (yellow donkey) 
Reference
 
Paper
smooth cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23591 
Price
$500.00 
Description

A line of French soldiers marches down a rain-wet path, mouths open in song. Theophilus Steinlen’s title loosely translates to “Song of the Road” or “Song of the Way” and illustrates a relatively calm moment in the midst of one of the most devastating events in world history: the Great War, or World War I. In 1915, about the time when Steinlen created this lithograph, it was thought that this was truly going to be the “war to end all wars” as its scope of reach and terrible toll seemed, at the time, to be the worst in human history. Steinlen had heretofore been a champion of lower class society, especially those in the arts. He became a kind of documentarian of the lives of those who traditionally had been swept under the rug, and was known for his posters and advertisements for such venues as le Chat Noir, which hosted musicians and performers who pushed against the status quo.

However, when war broke out in 1914, Steinlen’s artistic path changed course and he began to capture the oft-overlooked fallout endured by the families of dead soldiers. As well, he turned his gaze to quieter moments experienced by soldiers as they prepared to ship out, rather than focusing on the carnage of the battlefield. In “Chanson de Route” he illuminates the gritty morale of the young men who march toward what increasingly felt like certain doom. They sing, heads high, shoulder to shoulder, bracing themselves for what greets them through the ever-powerful balm of music.

 
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