Why Are We At War?

Otakar Valasek, Artist

This is one of the cartoons in our collection. It was made in Chicago, Illinois in 1917.
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About the Work
"A simple question, with a complicated answer. Despite being over a century old, I found this illustration very poignant given the current conflicts in our world today. It hard to comprehend the experiences faced by my Great Grandfather and Grandfather serving as ANZAC soldiers in the respective World Wars. We can only be grateful we have not had to encounter the full cost here at home in our lifetime. As they say history never repeats."
- Stanley Fraser, 'My Choice' exhibition series, October 2022
Image 715 x 558mm
pen and ink on paper
Cartoon drawing showing a towering nude male figure in a helmet, holding a bloody sword striding along a river of blood through a field of human skulls and dead bodies, with several sacks under one arm.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Chicago Herald, 1918.
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Permanent collection
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