John Heartfield’s photomontage of the führer with his chest and belly full of gold from his financial supporters is one of the artist’s most famous images.
Heartfield conveys that Adolf Hitler is performing a miracle of political alchemy as he converts financial contributions from war investors into nonsense into order to stir up the people.
This montage was originally an AIZ Magazine Cover
It was a count, a member of the German nobility, who saw the need for this montage to be reproduced as a poster and to be distributed throughout a Berlin under the shadow the Nazi Party.
Incredibly, John Heartfield managed to survive as a resident of Berlin until Easter Sunday, 1933, when the SS came to his apartment to assasinate him. The frail five-foot-two Heartfield escaped by squeezing through his bathroom window.