Circus II, 1928 Mixed-media photocollage and gouache containing original cut-out photo-offset prints with additional hand-drawn elements, signed and dated in pencil on the image. sheet 27 3/4 x 19 3/4in
Provenance: Originally in the collection of Arturo Schwarz, Italy Property from a Mid-Western Collection
Literature: Fifty Years of History in Berman's Photomontages, Galleria Schwarz, Milan, 1973, p. 34
Mieczyslaw Berman was Polish graphic artist, born in Warsaw. He began making his first constructivist photomontages in 1927 at the School of Decorative Art. His skills in photomontage were directly attributable to the influence of his friend, the Dadaist, John Heartfield (Helmut Herzfeld). From the beginning Berman employed his artwork for satirical purposes, wittily poking fun at authority figures, particularly those of a certain political persuasion. Works by Berman are considered rare.