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S.M. Adolf. Ich führe Euch herrlichen Pleiten entgegen! (His Majesty Adolph)

John Heartfield

(Berlin, Germany, 1891 - 1968, East Berlin)

1932

Photogravure

14 3/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (36.51 cm x 26.99 cm)

Museum Acquisition Fund

1979.20

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When this cover appeared, Hitler was licking his wounds from a political setback on August 13. Heartfield gives Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) the upturned mustache, plumed helmet and uniform of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany’s last emperor. Heartfield updates Wilhelm’s empty World War I promise, “I lead you toward splendid times!” The motto on the “Blue Max” flying medal has been changed from “For Merit” to “For Profit.”

Keywords
Commercial Art
Germany
Photogravure
Photomontage
Politics
Propaganda
World War II