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Lot 407: Destroy This Mad Brute. ca. 1917
30 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Artist: H. R. HOPPS (1869-1937) Size: 28 1/8 x 41 1/2 in./71.5 x 105.6 cm This is an exceptionally rare World War I poster, in which Germany is portrayed as a wild ape, wielding the cudgel of foreign culture as he rapes and brutalizes women on American soil. Behind him, the ruins of Europe can be seen on the horizon. This image plays upon the more frequently-utilized Hun symbolism seen in similar posters from the European Allied countries. Some versions also include a tip-on which states: "if this war is not fought to a finish in Europe, it will be on the soil of the United States. It must have proved quite effective, as the image was recycled by the Germans at the beginning of World War II to showcase the intolerance of the Allies in the inter-war period. (wwi)
Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears at folds.
Dimensions: 28 1/8 x 41 1/2 in./71.5 x 105.6 cm
Artist or Maker: H. R. HOPPS (1869-1937)
Date: ca. 1917