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Fingers of Fate - The Tightening Grip

Artist:
Unknown
Date:
ca. 1916
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 8.9 x 13.7 cm (3 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.) Frame: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.) (Framed with 2010.296)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.193
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 691
During World War I, European postcard publishers used photomontage to fan the flames of patriotism on both sides of the conflict. A postcard issued in Munich in 1914 shows a towering German infantryman pounding together the heads of three soldiers of the Triple Entente—France, England, and Russia—in what the caption calls a “powerful collision.” A few years later, an English publisher countered with a card on which a giant hand, its wrist and fingernails adorned with official portraits of the Allied leaders, crushes Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II in a “tightening grip.”
Inscription: See scan of verso.
[Gary Edwards, Washington, DC]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 77, pp. 100, 228.



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