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The ruins are being restored and new structures are rising. The words carved on the monument indicate the strength (fort) of Belgium. The crowd signifies unity and positivity. Clausen accompanied this image with text that stressed the continuity of humanity, ‘Old Mother Earth “carrying on” … even while we are doing our best to make it hideous’. He stated, ‘I believe that when the war is over, the horrors of it will fade from men’s minds like a bad dream; and that they will instinctively … resume peaceful activities.
lithograph on paper
H 68.1 x W 43.4 cm
NMW A 13154
gift from H. M. Ministry of Information, 1919