Though his famous Dada and anti-fascist art revolved around the urban and political, John Heartfield’s personality was rooted in his love of nature and animals. After he was abandoned in a cottage in the woods at the age of eight, he spent his days in the woods. Outside his foster home, he would explore nature, eating wild nuts and berries in the German forest.As a young artist, he destroyed almost all but one of his oil paintings after he was introduced to Dada in Berlin. Only one John Heartfield painting survives.
The anti-war artist’s early paintings were nature scenes. One might speculate that, in addition to his growing rebellion against accepted art forms, Heartfield felt that he did not possess the talent to represent nature as he saw it.
During his tumultuous courageous life, he found great joy in natural settings. He found peace in the companionship of animals, both wild and domestic.
The John J Heartfield Collection presents an ever-expanding gallery of never-before-published Dada photos, life story photos, and political photos of Heartfield as a monteur and dedicated family man.