"This poster serves as an appeal for the families of French sailors lost
at sea; the charity fete was held at the Palais du Trocadero. However, even without
the bottom text banner, Cheret's moving scene has a mute appeal that says it all"
(Rennet, PAI-XXXVII, 231)
moving poster, done in sombre tones, that shows a young boy crying out for help
from his distraught mother's arms. Behind them another mother and child watch
anxiously as rescuers work to save the men from a shipwreck, while the sea rages
mercilessly. This design is in stark contrast to the bright dancing beauties we
expect from Cheret. Not unlike the master Steinlen, in his compassionate handling
of this serious subject (see PL.134).
'Charity ball given at the Tracadero Palace, June 14, 1890, for the benefit of
the Aid Society for Families of Shipwrecked Sailors; 87 rue Richelieu (Paris)
Founded by Mr. Alfred de Courcy