(A Berlin Saying)
Graphic Design for Kurt Tucholsky
This iconic piece of German Dada design appeared on page 178 of the hugely successfully Kurt Tucholsky and John Heartfield collaboration Deutschland, Deutschland, über alles.
Published in 1929 by Neuer Deutscher Verlag, Tucholsky’s picture-survey was a devastating critique of the Weimar Republic.
Putting ears on the sides of trousers can be considered a deceptively simple Heartfield Dada construct. To fully appreciate the montage, note the use of shadow and meticulous placement. Heartfield was a perfectionist. After hours of solitary work, he brought his maquette (original) to the reproducers, only to rework the image once again after he saw what they had done.