“I see the future development of painting taking place in workshops... not in any holy temple of the arts.”
In 1918, John Heartfield becomes a founding member of Berlin Club Dada. He joins with others who are to become famous as part of Berlin’s vibrant art community. Artists such as George Grosz and Erwin Piscator.
These are the years where he hones his political views as a member of the KPD, the Germany Communist Party. Members of the KPD are aggressive opponents of another German Communist Party, the SPD.
In the opinion of the KPD members, the SPD is practically in league with the hated National Socialist Party, headed by Adolf Hitler.
Heartfield is easily one of the most vocal members of the KPD. He publicly voices his opinions and creates political art without appearing to be concerned for the consequences. He continues to do so even while he is being savagely beaten.
His growth as an artist is clear. By 1929, he is poised to experience some of the most productive, brilliant, and dangerous years of his career.