John Heartfield’s photo montage of Adolf Hitler with his chest and belly full of gold from his financial supporters is one of the artist’s most famous collages.
Heartfield shows the Führer performing a miracle of political alchemy. Hitler is able to convert financial contributions from war investors into nonsense into order to stir up the people.
This montage of Hitler was originally an AIZ Magazine Cover. It was a count, a member of the German nobility, who recognized the need for this montage to be reproduced as a poster and to be distributed throughout a Berlin under the shadow of the Nazi Party.
Incredibly, John Heartfield managed to survive as a resident of Berlin until Easter Sunday, April 14, 1933, when the SS came to his apartment to assassinate him. The frail five-foot-two Heartfield escaped by squeezing into a trash bin after jumping through the french doors of his Berlin apartment.