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Bekenntnis eines teutschen Übermenschen (Creed of a Teutonic superman)

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

1991.24

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The concept of the Superman – an extraordinary individual who transcends the limits of traditional morality to live purely by the will to power – comes from the 1883 book Thus Spoke Zarathustra by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). German poet and novelist Rudolf Georg Binding (1867-1938) wrote texts defending the Third Reich against foreign critics. Romain Rolland (1866-1944) was a French writer who denounced the Nazis in a publicized letter written May 14, 1933. It is not known whether the paragraph attributed here to Binding is an actual text of his or a satirical invention by Heartfield.

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Commercial Art
Germany
Photogravure
Photomontage
Politics
Propaganda
World War II