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Ein kräftiger Zusammenstoss

Artist:
Unknown
Publisher:
E. A. Schwerdtfeger & Co, Berlin
Date:
1914
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 8.7 x 13.7 cm (3 7/16 x 5 3/8 in.) Frame: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.) (Framed with 2010.193)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.296
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.
[Francis Gresse, Frejus, France]; [Mia Fineman]

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. 76, pp. 100, 228.



The card show a German infantryman from around 1914 banging together the three members of the Triple Entente (the Alliance opposing Germany at the beginning of the war): England, France (Third Republic), and Russia (the order of the three small figures). [per Randall Bond, see email of 7/7/10 in file]
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