||Maurice Ingres’s 1917 poster uses the allegorical figure Columbia standing in front of a burning cityscape to implore viewers to purchase Liberty Bonds. While Columbia is sometimes depicted as a warrior equipped with armor and a sword, Ingres’s version wears a blue cap covered in white stars, and is clad in a white garment with red lining that traces her feminine curvature. With arms outstretched, head tilted, and a somber facial expression, Columbia pleads with the viewer to bring a merciful conclusion to the destructive conflict symbolized by the burning city behind her, including a church on the right sharing a strong resemblance with the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Paris. The severity of the situation is elevated through the red text that reads “Let’s End It – Quick With Liberty Bonds.”
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