Lucien Jonas was one of the most prolific illustrators of images around the time of World War I. He studied in Valenciennes and the Ãcole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His works have been reproduced in many newspapers, magazines and eventually books worldwide. Between the two wars Jonas illustrated mainly historical and religious motifs.
A gifted and talented artist, Jonas was mobilized in December of 1914 and in February of 1915 was officially accredited as âmilitary painter to the MusÃ©e de lâArmÃ©eâ in Paris. During the war he travelled extensively along all sections of the front lines and produced 1000s of drawings, oil paintings, charcoals, sketches and illustrations of all kinds. He also produced a number of works that were unrelated to his war time portrayals.