Art of War: Political Humor
“During The Big Brawl: Humorous Imaginings” cover (“La Grande Bagarre: Fantaisies Humoristiques”)
"The Ancestor" The Swiss national folk hero William Tell is depicted scraping a name off a monument that reads “Tell/Year 1292”, his trusty crossbow leaning against it. Sitting on top of the monument is Tell’s son, Walter, holding an arrow that has been shot through an apple (off the boy’s head!)
"Theater of the Dance: A Lesson to 'Father Sausage'" From upper left to bottom right: A Belgian soldier beats the German emperor Wilhelm II wearing a military uniform complete with spiked helmet, “And one!” In the next, a French soldier beats Wilhelm “And two!!” A British soldier is beating the increasingly bruised Wilhelm “And three!!!”; a Russian soldier knocks Wilhelm unconscious “And smack! for your head cold!”
"Imperial Bluff" In this watercolor, an unidentified German officer is depicted as a hot air balloon being blown back while tied to a sailboat, made of a wooden shoe and paper sail, referencing “Iser”. A German helmet and howitzer can be seen in the flooded background, the flotsam and jetsam of arrogant, overarching military might.
"Looping the Loop’ by the Clown Prince ‘Willy’ like his ‘Papa" The German Imperial Crown Prince Wilhelm, son of Emperor Wilhelm II, is portrayed as a comical clown with the Prussian eagle, the imperial German symbol of the nation, on his chest somersaulting between the Eastern and Western borders of the fight.