MARIX (Louis Mourier dit)


Large drawing depicting the arrival of American President Woodrow Wilson in Paris.

Paris, 1919.

Indian ink drawing with brown ink highlights. Frame dimensions: 340 x 870 mm; drawing dimensions: 270 x 580 mm

Superb drawing depicting President Wilson's triumphant arrival in Paris in 1919, the very first trip to Europe by an American president. President Wilson put an end to almost a century of isolationism when he decided that the United States would enter the First World War in 1917. It was the first step in the United States' interventionist policy. In 1918, he delivered his famous Fourteen Points of Wilson speech, setting out the program for the peace treaty to end the First World War. Wilson personally participated for six months in the Paris peace negotiations in 1919 to conclude the war. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1920.

At the time of his drawing, Marix had just returned from five years in a camp in Germany.

Louis Mourier dit Marix (1885-1945) grew up and learned drawing in Perrecy, before moving to Paris at the age of 18 to escape political problems. There he worked as a cabinetmaker and satirical cartoonist.
"Mobilized at the start of the 1914 war, he was taken prisoner and spent 5 years in Germany. He later recounted his life as a prisoner in a story, written in collaboration with J. Binet, published under the title Les chevaliers de la crosse en l'air (1931). Returning to Paris, he eventually set up shop as a cabinetmaker on rue de Picpus, in the 12th arrondissement.
A libertarian and pacifist activist, as well as a humorist and satirist, he contributed to various publications: L'Humanité (1922, 1923, 1932), La Caserne (1923), Le Libertaire (1923, 1932), and above all La Gueule Noire, a regional monthly of satirical and libertarian inspiration aimed at the mining basin of Montceau, Le Creusot, etc., where he was the regular cartoonist, from the first issue (December 1924) to the last (June 1937), but where he also published many articles devoted to political news or events." [...]
Marix was arrested again in 1944 for forging papers and deported to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where he died.

Excellent condition, despite slight soiling.

Source : https://maitron.fr/spip.php?article120297 ; https://www.lejsl.com/edition-de-montceau-les-mines/2011/08/20/la-plume-libertaire-de-perrecy 

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