Image: Mit seinen Phrasen will er die Welt vergasen
(Berlin, Germany, 1891 - 1968, East Berlin)

Mit seinen Phrasen will er die Welt vergasen  (With his empty phrases he wants to gas the world), from AIZ, Vol. 12, No. 21, June 1, 1933, Page 371. , 1933

Photogravure
14 3/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (37.47 cm x 26.04 cm)
Gift of Roger R. Smith
1991.11
Heartfield labels Hitler a “gasbag” for his oratory, but hindsight adds different associations to the comment.  The artist has transformed Hitler into a parody of the angel of peace, a symbol used by the League of Nations to advocate disarmament.  (The League, founded as a result of World War I, promoted the use of diplomacy instead of armed force). Hitler’s “pets” are an artillery piece and a muzzled dove.  Heartfield makes all of the elements in the image photographic, and thus realistic, except the two true symbols of peace: the dove and Hitler’s wings are drawn as linear, flat, insubstantial forms.

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