1941 Print Rotterdam Netherlands Soldiers World War II Dutch Wartime Germany FZ7

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This is an original 1941 color print of soldiers in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The Netherlands was invaded on May 10, 1940, and was conquered in four days after Germany bombed Rotterdam and threatened to bomb other cities. The caption writes, "Rotterdam: soldiers in the war of nerves."

This image is from Czermanski's work in Fortune titled, "The Europeans." For the portfolio he traveled around Europe. First he went to his homeland of Poland and was in Warsaw when the Germans came from the west. He then traveled to Pinsk when the Russians came from the east. He returned to German-occupied Warsaw, and escaped, partially on foot to Vilna, then to Kaunas. Czermanski then went to Latvia and Estonia where he saw the Russians occupying new bases, and then to Helsinki. In 1940, he spent the winter in Sweden and Norway and left in April for Copenhagen, where he arrived three days before the Germans. He escaped again to the Netherlands and then to Belgium where he saw the blitzkrieg in the west begin. From Belgium he traveled to Paris, where he saw its last sunny days until it was taken over by the Germans. He escaped from Paris to Biarritz, to Bayonne, and then to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, then to Lourdes, Vichy and Marseille, before making his way through Barcelona and Madrid to Lisbon.

Zdzislaw Czermanski was born in Krakow, Poland, and traveled to both France and Brazil before living in the United States. He is known for his caricatures and satirical pieces. Czermanski worked with a combination of watercolor, tempera, graphite, and colored pencil. Czermanski was well received in the United States and often published in Fortune Magazine.

CONDITION

This 70+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Color Print; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.5 x 6 inches; 11 x 15 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Czermanski, Zdzislaw.

Zdzislaw Czermanski

Zdzislaw Czermanski was born in Krakow, Poland, and traveled to both France and Brazil before living in the United States. He is known for his caricatures and satirical pieces. Czermanski worked with a combination of watercolor, tempera, graphite, and colored pencil. Czermanski was well received in the United States and was often published in Fortune Magazine.

Keywords specific to this image: occupation, invasion, buildings, fashion, newspaper

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