These are rare photos of John Heartfield’s family. The antifascist activist artist was a loving father, brother, husband, and grandfather. The German Dada genius tried to remain close to his family, even as he was on the run from The Third Reich. His life was hard. His art never earned him a comfortable living. He depended on his family, especially his only son, Tom, for financial support throughout his tumultuous life. But he had an important advantage. It was easy for everyone in his family to love and respect him.The John Heartfield Exhibition presents never-before-published photos of the antiwar activist artist as a dedicated family man in John Heartfield in The John J Heartfield’s Collection.
Explore these in photos to find out Heartfield family members contributed to his personal and professional life. More family member photos will be added as the Exhibition grows.