Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Corporal is Leading Germany into a Catastrophe

Alexander Zhitomirsky (Russian, 1907–1993)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 50 x 31.5 cm (19 11/16 x 12 3/8 in.) Frame: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.)
Credit Line:
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco
Not on view
Working under the auspices of the Soviet propaganda ministry, Zhitomirsky produced posters and leaflets that were dropped from Soviet fighter planes as part of a campaign to demoralize German soldiers during World War II. Here, Germany’s “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898), comes back to life in a painted portrait to point an accusing finger at the diminutive Führer (who never rose above the rank of corporal during his World War I army service), casting doubt on Hitler’s credentials as a military leader.
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.

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. 83, pp. 104, 230.