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Cabrioles (Hitler impressing the US foreign minister Sumner Welles on his visit to Berlin)
Gelatin silver print, photomontage
22.6 x 16.8 cm
Bassenge Photography Auctions
Photography, 6 June 2018, Lot: 4266
Due to the European Crisis caused by Hitler (invasion of Poland), Roosevelt sent his Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles in early 1940 to Rome, Berlin, Paris and London. In Berlin Welles spoke with Ribbentrop and Hitler. America remained neutral in this war for quite some time but Welles was not at all impressed by Hitler and in this montage Marinus expresses criticism of America's position in this war.
This image was published on the title page of Marianne, no. 377, March 13, 1940.
Lit.: Gunner Byskov/Bodo von Dewitz (eds.). Marinus Heartfield. Politische Fotomontagen der 1930er Jahre, Göttingen 2008, ill. pp. 138-139 (cat. no. 41).