Dec 18, 2013 - Sale 2336

Sale 2336 - Lot 371

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,000
49 1/4x36 1/2 inches, 125x92 3/4 cm. Oscar Consee, Munich.
Condition B / B+: repaired tear through bottom edge into text and image; tape on verso along tears and edges; tears, creases, abrasions and discoloration in margins and image; vertical and horizontal folds. Paper.
A smoking red bomb in one hand and a knife in the other, a fanged, angry ape figure is treacherously poised against a yellow background. Both this poster ("Distress and Ruin Follow Anarchy") and a variation from 1919 with the caption "Bolshevism brings War, Unemployment and Hunger," were directed against the German Spartacus League. This was a movement aimed at stirring a Communist revolution in Germany on the basis of the discontentment brought on by the starvation and privation that plagued Germany after the First World War. Ironically, the vicious ape figure was successfully used by the Allies during the war to depict the Germans, and later, in the post-war revolutionary period, was co-opted by the Germans to depict Bolshevists and Anarchists. IWM p. 23, Paret 178 (var), Politische Plakate 17, Zeit Zeiger p. 147.