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John Heartfield: Laughter is a Devastating Weapon

John Heartfield: Laughter is a Devastating Weapon
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John Heartfield: Laughter is a Devastating Weapon

By David King and Ernst Volland

German artist John Heartfield (1891-1968) is widely considered one of the inventors of photo-montage. In the 1930's, he produced some of the most visually arresting and politically hard-hitting artwork of the 20th century, appropriating the widely circulated propaganda of the time to create its total antithesis. In his own words, he used “laughter as a devastating weapon” to target the Nazis, which made him a target for Nazi censorship. In 1933, the Gestapo destroyed much of his work, after which he produced his brilliantly terrifying images in exile. This new book includes an insightful essay and more than 150 full-color reproductions of his works.

Hardcover
160 Pages
Tate Publishing, 2015
10 x 1 x 12 inches
ISBN 9781849761840

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