Charlotte Schaller-Mouillot (b. 1880)
Charlotte Schaller Mouillot was born in Berne, Switzerland in 1880. She moved to Paris in 1910, and during her career as illustrator and children’s author, exhibited at many of the Paris Salons.
Charlotte Schaller Mouillot was a highly regarded illustrator. She wrote and illustrated books for children during the First World War. The first was published in 1914 by the Parisian publisher, Berger-Levrault, titled “En Guerre!” ( “At War!”), concerning Boby and his sisters who enact the first months of the War with his rocking horse and toys, with images pre-dating and anticipating Surrealism, particularly in the illustration of the Battle of Liege. The second book ”Histoire d’un brave petit soldat”, (“History of a Brave Little Soldier”) was published in 1915 by the same publisher, and despite being a children’s book was rife with politically charged images to encourage patriotism. Several female authors at this time wrote children’s books to instil notions of national pride and civic duty whilst presenting the War as a conflict necessary to secure French safety.
Both the books written and illustrated by Charlotte Schaller Mouillot are now regarded as rare collector’s items.