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 a local fair and is 11 ½" x 8 ¼". Please note the damage to the upper left corner (photo two), the slight dog-ear to the lower right corner (photo four), and the damage to the area to the right of the Hansi signature near the shoes of the figure in the left hand corner (photo five). Also, the reverse has a darkened mark on the right side, probably owing to tape.
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