Hannah Hoch

German (1889 - 1978)
Hannah Hoch Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum [From the collection: From an ethnographical museum] 1929 © DACS 2018.

Biography

Born 1889
Died 1978
Nationality German
Birth place Gotha
Death place Berlin

Born in Gotha, Germany, Höch studied in Berlin where she later worked as a designer for a publishing firm from 1916 to 1926. She met the future Dada artist Raoul Hausmann in 1915 and through him, subsequently, became involved with the Berlin dada group. Although she made abstract paintings, Höch is best known for producing satirical and disturbing photomontages. These focus on the situation in Weimar Germany from a woman's perspective, combining political commentary, gender issues, questions of modernity and a critique of the bourgeoisie.

Glossary terms

  • An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

  • A radical artistic and literary movement that was a reaction against the cultural climate that supported the First World War. The Dadaists took an anti-establishment attitude, questioning art's status and favouring performance and collage over traditional art techniques. Many Dadaists went on to become involved with Surrealism.

  • The combination of two or more photographs (or pieces of them) to form a single image.