Homework – Essay writing Dadaist Commentary

Die Butter ist alle! – John Heartfield

butter ist alle

To the left is the poster of ‘Die Butter ist alle!’ and this poster could be perceived as a very “normal” image, until one looks closely. Originally it could be seen a German family having a family meal, however there are many different objects within the picture that could change the meaning totally. For example the Nazi swastikas are embroided on the wall, the large centralised photograph of Adolph Hitler and the cushion on the chair of Hindenburg. It could be seen that this German family are Nazi followers.

The translation of the text at the bottom says “Ore has always made an empire strong, but butter and lard have made people fat at most”. This phrase is essentially saying that in order to become strong you should be eating fatty foods but instead eat iron as it is strong and will make you stronger. Of course this point is invalid however it makes the German’s seem superior to the other nations at this time period.

This poster could be seen as normalising the extreme, the reason for this is because the main things they do, such as having a family meal, sitting in the dining room etc are all very normal things. However they are extreme due to the extra’s such as Adolph Hitler, the Nazi swastikas and of course eating iron!

Cut with a kitchen knife – Hannah Hoch

cut with a kitchen knife

This collage depicts all the issues that were on-going throughout the war and post-war. There were so many different groups that were trying to get their views across and one unique group was called the ‘Dada’ and Hannah Hoch was trying to promote the anti-establishment ideology of, “the deposed Kaiser and new president Friedrich Ebert in the ‘anti-Dada’ section” Juliet Jacques, 2014.

From using VTS one can see there is a vast usage of machinery, seeing the likes of cogs, wheels and ball bearings, this suggests that the industrial revolution was a key issues around the post-war chaos. The limited use of women in this images also tells us that women were not as ‘powerful’ as men in this time era. The men would go the factories and do the ‘hard work’ whilst the women stayed at home looking after the children – this has obviously changed drastically compared to nowadays for the better.


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