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 Ernest Fuhr  (1874 - 1933)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut      Known for: illustrator-war posters, magazines

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BIOGRAPHY for Ernest Fuhr
1874 (New York, New York)
1933 (Westport, Connecticut)

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New York Armory Show of 1913
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Ernest Fuhr, a magazine illustrator and creator of World War I posters, was born in 1874. He was illustrator for the "New York Herald" and the "New York World" newspapers as well as for magazines. He was also founder of the Westport Art School in 1933 in Westport, Connecticut.

Fuhr studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and in Paris at the Academie Colarossi, and William Merritt Chase and Thomas Eakins were among his teachers.

As a World War I poster artist, he did many propanda works. One of them, from 1917, has the extended title (as the words appear on the poster) "Sugar means ships--The consumption of sugar sweetened drinks must be reduced For your beverages 400 million lbs. of sugar were imported in ships last year--Every ship is needed to carry soldiers and supplies now". A fashionable female figure, drawn in the standard illustrational style of the day, sips her sweet drink through a straw, while war clouds hang over Europe, and ships are diverted from carrying soldiers and supplies to carry sugar for her beverage.

Another poster, created between 1918 and 1920, is titled, "You kept fit and defeated the Hun - now set a high standard, a clean America! Stamp out venereal diseases". This one depicts a soldier with rifle and bayonet standing on German helmets with an eagle flying behind him as if he has angel's wings.

A third poster, "Your boy. Make the world safer for him. Interchurch World Movement," shows a clean-cut youth, dressed in a suit, striding forward, red tie flapping, silhouetted against the sky.

It is interesting to consider that Ernest Fuhr was one of the artists exhibiting in the tradition-shattering Armory Exhibition in New York City in 1913. However, his submissions were not of the modernist styles of some of the entries that were so shocking to many of the Armory Show viewers.

Ernest Fuhr died in 1933.

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