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Mieczyslaw Berman (Polish, 1903-1975)

Mieczyslaw Berman attended the School of Decorative Art, in his hometown of Warsaw, Poland, developing an interest in Russian constructivism and its applications in the graphic arts. As a commercial artist, Berman's powerful political convictions were nurtured by the political tenets of Dadaism. He encountered the photomontages of John Heartfield and shifted his constructivist work entirely to realist montage, studying Heartfield's AIZ magazine covers. Berman's satirical political message imparts ideological impact by playing on association and metaphor. Unlike Heartfield, he highly simplifies his statement via symbols and signs, without developing complicated secondary plots.
- Sarah Dawson

Selected Bibliography
Ades, Dawn. Photomontage. London: Thames and Hudson, 1986.

Huelsenbeck, Richard. Dada Almanach. London: Atlas Press, 1998.

Schwarz. Mieczyslaw Berman: 50 Years of History in Berman's Photomontages. Milan: Grafiche I.G.A., 1973.


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