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Der Krieg (The War)

John Heartfield

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

1933

Photogravure

14 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (37.47 cm x 26.35 cm)

Gift of Roger R. Smith

1991.20

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Heartfield added the swastika-shaped lightning and photo of Hitler to a photograph of Der Krieg by the German artist Franz von Stuck (1863-1928), one of Hitler’s favorite painters. The painting was on view in Munich at the time. This montage was linked to the article on the next page, “’Against the East We Want to Ride!’ The Third Reich Arms for War,” which suggested that Germany was preparing for war against the Soviet Union. In his book Mein Kampf, Hitler said he wanted to revive the “Drive to the East,” an expansionist policy of thirteenth and fourteenth-century Teutonic knights.

Keywords
Commercial Art
Germany
Photogravure
Photomontage
Politics
Propaganda
World War II