Description

This drawing shows the people of Leuven, Belgium, fleeing the city. Flames are visible in the background. On 25 August 1914, German soldiers burnt down the city after killing hundreds of civilians.This later became known as the 'German Atrocities' of 1914.

It is 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:
Louvain
Created:
1916
Format:
Illustration / Lithograph
Creator:
Gisbert Combaz
Copyright:
© Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
Held by
Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)

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Article by:
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Theme:
Representation and memory

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