1916-1918. Four postcards with original art created by professionally trained artists with the Comite des Etudiants Americains de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris (Committee of American students at the Ecole des Beaux Arts), a war relief organization established to support art students who were serving at the front and to support the French cause in WWI.
Richard Harding Davis, the American journalist wrote that the purchase of these art postcards would be one way to support the French artists (3,000 were sent to the front) and to repay the inspiration that French art had provided to generations of American artists.
The four cards are pen and ink water colors, titled and signed. Each has a printed certificate of authenticity on the verso and period manuscript number. The printed inscription of authenticity reads "The Comite des Etudiants Americains de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris guarantee the authenticity of this post card".
The cards include: “Le printemps dans les ruines (environs de Soissons)” [Spring in the ruins, near Soissons], signed (illegible) and dated 1918 at lower right; Eglise de Nieuport, 1918, signed lower left; “Le Pont du (illegible); and a mountainous landscape with hilltop village, signed "S. C. Chameroy" on the front; period title on verso, “Macedoine, 1916, Pres du Fort de Rui”, and numbered. The Macedoine card toned at right edge of front and lower corner on verso. Cards measure 5 1/2 x 3 1/2" Very good condition. Item #23880