Jean-Jacques Waltz (Hansi), French, Antique Print

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This French Hansi print is a plate from a book titled Mon Village. The book was first published in 1913 and contains artistic renderings of life in a French village. Hansi was Jean-Jacques Waltz and was born in Colmar when it was under German rule in 1873 where it remained until 1918.

In his career as writer and artist, he became closely associated with the Alsace region where he became known as a pro-French Alsatian. Hansi was imprisoned by Germans and was badly injured by the Gestapo because of his satirical work making fun of German military and professors. He died in 1951.

This work depicts Le Messti. According to

In the smaller towns and villages, the Messti or the Kilbe is celebrated once a year, either for a day or a whole weekend. The tradition started as a holiday to mark the date when the local church was consecrated. Locals get to wear their eye-catching traditional costumes, enjoy delicious food, and generally have a thoroughly good time typically crowned with a dance. It is mostly a family celebration, with several generations coming together for this special day.

The print is 11 ½" x 8 ¼". Please note soiling in right lower corner in third photo, the yellowing to the girl's skirt in photo six (I can't be certain if this is perhaps part of the circa 1910s printing process as there is a yellow cast to some areas of the print that do not look like age-related discoloration to me.) and creasing to the bottom of the print in photo nine.

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