June 28, 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo, launching a fateful cascade of events that would lead to the first mechanized world war. In “the war to end all wars,” weapons were not only tanks and bayonets, but also images and words.
War of images, images of war comes to our galleries November 18.
The Trench, Félix Vallotton. In C’est la guerre!, 1915–16, pl. 1.
The Devil’s Bagpipes, lithograph in Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami, 1914.
Our toy. The Villainous Kaiser Wilhelm, Paul Iribe. Cover of Le mot 1, no. 4 (January 2, 1915). The Getty Research Institute