This drawing shows a departing train with forced labourers onboard, guarded by German soldiers armed with bayonets. A helpless crowd is watching the scene with hostility.
It is by Gisbert Combaz (1869-1941), a Belgian lawyer, artist and professor of the decorative arts. He was known mainly for his posters, but he also painted, made lithographic prints, designed book covers and even made furniture. He is one of Belgium’s most prominent art nouveau artists.
- Full title:
- The barbarians take the slaves
- Illustration / Lithograph
- Gisbert Combaz
- Held by:
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- © Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- Article by:
- Sophie de Schaepdrijver
- Historical debates, Civilians
Associate Professor Sophie de Schaepdrijver considers how the ‘German atrocities’ have been represented during and after World War One by both the Allied countries and Germany.