This John Heartfield work of political art for the AIZ magazine is regarded as a masterpiece. It iis certainly one of his most famous and has been reproduced in several forms.
The collage (photomontage) of an impaled dove of peace is presented before the building housing the League of Nations. A swastika replaces the Swiss flag.
In religious terms, the dove can symbolize the Holy Spirit or the human soul. In the story of Noah’s Ark, the dove, olive branch in mouth, is a peace symbol.
Heartfield’s goal was to use his political art “as a weapon” to awaken the world to Hitler’s expanding power through worldwide financial support.
Curator’s Note: My grandfather loved all animals and nature. The brutality of this image was surely a personal and highly emotional statement.
The John Heartfield Exhibition Shop offers very high-quality reproductions of this classic John Heartfield photomontage. This powerful political collage has been reproduced in many forms and is instantly recognizable. Profits from The Heartfield Exhibition Shop support The Official John Heartfield Exhibition and the development of an Online Museum For Progressive Political Art.