The prints that illustrated these news sheets were done in woodcut by artists whose patriotic zeal far exceeded their artistic ability. Most of the prints are unsigned. According to Paragayan art historian Josefina Pla, these works are the "peoples' diary of war," coming directly from the trenches, offering "the smile stolen from death each day." The vigor and directness of the subject matter of these works often coordinates nicely with the energy of the gouged line.
Of the hundreds of woodcut illustrations created,
only nine original blocks survive. These were restruck by Paraguayan
artists at the Centro de Artes Visuales in 1986 and offered in
a limited edition. The six images on view here were made from