Henri Zislin: “Le Rêve” (The Dream), A Coups de baïonette, vol. 6, no. 66, October 5, 1916
In this parody of Edouard Détaille’s popular military painting Le Rêve (The Dream, 1888), the French-Alsatian cartoonist Henri Zislin depicts dozing German soldiers in the trenches. In Détaille’s original canvas, a vision of Napoleonic troops streams through the clouds, inspiring the French recruits to pursue a war of revenge against Germany, which had annexed Alsace and Lorraine in the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War. By contrast, Zislin depicts the comforts of the German homeland. A shapely fräulein offers overflowing tankards of foamy beer, leading a procession of barmaids, bakers and butchers. This vision of plenty forms a stark contrast to the barren battlefield.
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