Poster

ca. May 1968 (Designed and printed)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

By the trick of revealing 'the face behind the mask', this protest poster encourages the viewer to equate Charles de Gaulle and Adolf Hitler. De Gaulle, who later became Prime Minister of France, and ultimately the President of the French Republic, was a soldier who became the leader of the Free French government-in-exile in the Second World War. The double-barred Cross of Lorraine on the armband (the emblem of his birthplace) was used by de Gaulle as a symbol of Free French resistance to the German occupiers during the war. The poster was produced in May 1968 during the period of student riots and civil unrest in Paris.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Screenprint
Brief Description
Hitler carrying a de Gaulle mask, screenprint, student protest poster produced at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, France (Paris), 1968
Physical Description
Screenprinted poster, depicting a black-and white image of Hitler holding a mask of Charles de Gaulle's face. On his left arm, the swastika has been replaced by a cross of Lorraine, the official symbol of the Free French Forces during the Second World War.
Dimensions
  • Height: 133.5cm
  • Width: 83.5cm
Credit line
Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko
Subjects depicted
Summary
By the trick of revealing 'the face behind the mask', this protest poster encourages the viewer to equate Charles de Gaulle and Adolf Hitler. De Gaulle, who later became Prime Minister of France, and ultimately the President of the French Republic, was a soldier who became the leader of the Free French government-in-exile in the Second World War. The double-barred Cross of Lorraine on the armband (the emblem of his birthplace) was used by de Gaulle as a symbol of Free French resistance to the German occupiers during the war. The poster was produced in May 1968 during the period of student riots and civil unrest in Paris.
Other Number
LS.1373 - Leslie Schreyer Loan Number
Collection
Accession Number
E.1338-2004

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record createdFebruary 10, 2006
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