Louis Icart: The War Years (1916-1918)

Collectors consider the period of Louis Icart etchings between 1916 and 1918 as “The War Years”. These were the years that Icart served in the French military during World War I. Patriotic themes abound, and his women become symbols of liberty and the homeland.

Since he did full time work for the military, his time for etching was quite limited. Even so, he still created a substantial body of work during this period. He created very small editions, usually no more than 150 works before the destruction of the original copper plates. His wife provided much assistance with publishing. Collectors today actively seek these rare works, and their scarcity drives the prices upward.