“My montages were intended as weapons in this time of war in peace by us against the Nazi regime, and conversely, they were indicative of the war that the Nazis had already inaugurated during the so-called peace.”
World War Two anti-Nazi artist John Heartfield is a fugitive from a Nazi death sentence. After a narrow escape in Prague, the anti-fascist activist whose art is a weapon against The Third Reich finds refuge in Paris from March to August, 1935. He meets with Gustav Regler, Tristan Tzara, Oskar Kokoschka, and Walter Benjamin. Photos of his gaunt face clearly reflect the toll it takes on him to be constantly on the run from Hitler’s Gestapo.
Heartfield’s exhibition 150 photomontages politiques et satiriques d’actualité (150 Current Political and Satirical Photomontages) takes place from April to May in the Maison de la Culture, Paris,.
While a fugitive from The Third Reich, John Heartfield designs book jackets for Willi Münzenberg’s Editions du Carrefour, including Das braune Netz (The Brown Net).