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“The shots that I took for [John] Heartfield based on exact pencil sketches
and always according to his personal instructions often took hours, many hours.

He insisted on nuances that I was no longer capable of seeing”
Photographer János Reisman, who worked extensively for Heartfield
Photographer János Reisman, who worked extensively for Heartfield

Heartfield Refugee Status. Czech Refugee Fund Refuses Anti-Fascist Artist Sanctuary In England, 1941

The German League of Free Culture was the main venue for displays of Heartfield’s work in 1942. Events are organized for the public to understand the power of anti-fascist art. John Heartfield display works in the The German League Of Free Culture London exhibition Allies Inside (Nazi) Germany.

Heartfield finds work as a graphic designer for English publishers, including Lindsay Drummond Ltd., Dennis Dobson Ltd., and Penguin Books Ltd.

In 1943, perhaps the world’s most famous anti-Nazi anti-war collage artist is given permission to work as a free-lance cartoonist. He is living on the most meager of incomes. He continues this type of work in London until he is refuse asylum and forced to leave England in 1950.

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January 13, 1942
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Painters in the Free German League of Culture, January 13, 1942. "John Heartfield" is the second signature from the top. Image Credit: Heinz Worner Archiv, Berlin.
Heartfield England 1942 Free German League of Culture

Painters' Section of the Free German League of Culture, January 13, 1942.
Image Credit: Heinz Worner Archiv, Berlin.

Professor John J Heartfield is John Heartfield’s paternal grandson. Professor Heartfield presented Art & Politics, Politics & Art at the DADA WORLD FAIR in San Francisco. Please write to him about his live presentation regarding the relevance of his grandfather’s life and work to current events.

Dada Political Artist John Heartfield grandson, John Heartfield, Curator Official John Heartfield Exhibition