GEORGE CREEL "The cartoons of Louis Raemaekers take the people of earth on a strange, haunted journey through the bleeding heart of humanity, past ancient savageries and old bestialities new sprung to life, by vast, shadowy forms of grief and despair, and along tear-drenched ways that lead to aspiration. It is no more possible to consider this Dutch genius as a mere artist, a worker with paper, ink, and lines, than it is to view the Apostle Paul as an itinerant orator, Joan of Arc as a military figure, or Rouget de Lisle as a casual song-writer. The tremendousness of his appeal does away with the medium entirely, for even while one holds the drawing, eyes cease to see, mind ceases to grasp, and there is consciousness only of a great, imperative hand tearing among the very roots of being. No man in Europe, not even the heroes of battle-fields, is more loved and admired. His cartoons are the tears of women, the battle-shout of indomitable defenders, the indignation of humanity, the sob of civilization. They will go down into history. They are history. To take the great book of them, to turn page after page, is to know the European War, to see it face to face as a child sees, and not through a glass darkly. It is one of the great works of the world which he has done. Perhaps genius was only dormant, waiting for the cry of general catastrophe to bring it forth into vivid, terrific life. And yet — for who shall say that all things in heaven and earth are understood? — it may be that those same voices that called through the orchard of Domremy called to the cartoonist in the office of the Amsterdam "Telegraaf," that into his simple soul, recommended to God by its love of flowers, there fell a tear from on high." Raemaekers — Man and Artist By GEORGE CREEL
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