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"The French Hold-up": Illustration for the Essay "Star of Hope"

"The French Hold-up": Illustration for the Essay "Star of Hope"
Title
"The French Hold-up": Illustration for the Essay "Star of Hope"
Date 
ca. 1940-1942
Medium 
Brush and black ink on three pieces of ivory paper, laid on a larger sheet
Dimensions 
Sheet: 10 1/8 x 14 7/8 in. (25.7 x 37.8 cm)
Credit Line 
Gift of the Joseph M. McCrindle Foundation
Object Number 
2009.37
Inscriptions 
Signed in black ink at lower right: "Bemelmans"; inscribed in black ink at lower center: "STAR OF HOPE"
Gallery Label 
Illustration on page 43 for the short essay "Star of Hope," was published in I Love you, I Love You, I Love You (New York: The Viking Press, 1942, pp. 38-48), one of Bemelmans' collections of light essays that relates the escapades of a world traveler. The essay was first published in Town and Country (February 1940, pp. 34-35, 75) with different illustrations under the title "I love America." In the first illustration, the title is lettered in script with the "i" in "America" dotted by a star, hence the second title of this piece in which America and Americans are both celebrated and satirized. Written in the early days of World War II, it captures some of the ambiguities and humorous differences in European-American cultural interfaces.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group