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Poster - Starke hand - retter das land
  • Starke hand - retter das land
    Rosen, Fritz, born 1890 - died 1980
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Starke hand - retter das land

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1933 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rosen, Fritz, born 1890 - died 1980 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph, with some hand-colouring

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR51, box CONS

The designer of this poster, Fritz Rosen, was an imporant figure in German graphic design in the 1930s. This poster is possibly a working proof with hand-coloured areas, perhaps used to guide the printers. Rosen had a studio partnership with another German poster artist, Lucian Bernhard, and this poster was produced in their studio. This striking image is typical of Rosen's style, which employed bold lines to convey the message. In this poster, a hand is strangling a serpent, with heads representing socialism, fascism and communism. It is signed with Rosen's pseudonym, 'E. Mehrmann', perhaps as a prudent measure to avoid prosecution.

Physical description

Poster with yellow background showing a black hand strangling serpents, hand-coloured in places by the artist, a working proof

Place of Origin

Berlin (probably, made)


ca. 1933 (made)


Rosen, Fritz, born 1890 - died 1980 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph, with some hand-colouring

Marks and inscriptions

'Starke hand - rettet das Land E. Mehrmann, Berlin'
German; on the bottom


Height: 115 cm, Width: 83 cm

Descriptive line

A political poster depicting a hand strangling a serpent, representing socialism, fascism and communism, Fritz Rosen, ca. 1933.



Subjects depicted

Fascism; Communism; Socialism; Snakes


Prints; Politics; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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