This drawing depicts Death showing Emperor William II a mass grave, while the emperor hides his face in his hands. There is a pile of human skulls and bones that mount to a horizon of ruins, with clouds of crows flying overhead.
It’s the work of Gisbert Combaz (1869-1941), a Belgian lawyer, artist and professor in the decorative arts. He was known mainly for his posters, but he also painted, made lithographic prints, designed book covers and even furniture. He is one of Belgium’s most prominent art nouveau artists.
- Full title:
- Illustration 'Bandit! Voilà ton œuvre!' [Villain! This is your work!] by Gisbert Combaz
- 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
What were the ‘German Atrocities’? Associate Professor Sophie de Schaepdrijver examines the civilian massacres in Belgium and northern France that were perpetrated by the German armies in 1914.