This John Heartfield political art poster was a also a cover for the AIZ magazine. It is universally regarded as a masterpiece of political imagery. It is certainly one of Heartfield’s most famous political statement> It has been reproduced in several formats.
The collage (photomontage) of an impaled dove of peace is presented before the building housing the League of Nations. The photomontage was executed as a statement against the concessions granted to the Nazi Party. A swastika replaces the Swiss flag.
In religious terms, the dove may symbolize the Holy Spirit or the human soul. In the story of Noah’s Ark, the dove, olive branch in mouth, is symbol of peace.
Heartfield’s goal was to use his political art “as a weapon” to awaken the world to Hitler’s expanding power through political acceptance and worldwide financial support.
Curator’s Note: If you browse through the photos in The John J Heartfield Collection in the HIS LIFE section of the Exhibition, it is clear how much my grandfather loved animals and nature. The brutality of this image was surely a personal and highly emotional statement.
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