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Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Designed and printed)

  • Date:

    ca. May 1968 (Designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atelier Populaire (Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint

  • 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

  • Museum number:

    E.1338-2004

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

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.

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 On his left arm, the swastika has been replaced by a cross of Lorraine, the official symbol of the Free French Forces during the Second World War.

Place of Origin

Paris (Designed and printed)

Date

ca. May 1968 (Designed and printed)

Artist/maker

Atelier Populaire (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint

Dimensions

Height: 133.5 cm, Width: 83.5 cm

Descriptive line

Hitler carrying a de Gaulle mask, screenprint, student protest poster produced at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, France (Paris), 1968

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Screenprint

Subjects depicted

Satire; Crosses of Lorraine; Masks; Dictators; Protest; Politicians; Uniforms

Categories

Prints; Politics; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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