Pour la Liberté – Banque Nationale de Credite


Artist: SEM Georges Goursat (French, 1863-1934)

Date of Origin: 1917

Medium: Original Stone Lithograph Vintage Poster

Size: 31″ x 47”


Just 31 years after the Statue of Liberty was installed in New York’s harbor, Sem imagines our Lady sinking into the ocean of despair ignited by World War I. As a gift from France, her symbolic collapse surely helped convince the French to subscribe to the national loan to support the war effort. One publication from 1919 called this image “the most popular poster in France.”