John Heartfield

Solar Eclipse over the ‘Liberated’ Rhine

1930

On display at Tate Modern

Artist
John Heartfield 1891–1968
Original title
Sonnenfinsternis am "Befreiten" Rhein
Medium
Magazine
Dimensions
Image: 377 x 280 mm
Collection
From the David King Collection
On short term loan
Reference
X39275

Display caption

German troops were excluded from the Rhineland for fifteen years under the terms of the post-war Treaty of Versailles of 1919. Here President Hindenburg congratulates Prime Minister Carl Otto Braun (‘Well parried, dear Braun!’) for negotiating the withdrawal of the occupying Allied troops five years early.

Gallery label, February 2016