We have been recommending Hannah Höch's wonderful Picture Book from 1945 and published in 2010 by the fantastic Berlin based art book publisher The Green Box, over at Enfants Terribles Magazine's blog - and it's such a gem.
This is a bit of what we write about the book:
"Hannah Höch (1889-1978) played an unusual big role as a female artist in Germany's Modernist period. She was a significant member of the Dadaist movement and together with Raoul Hausmann she developed the specific Dada photomontages, which is also her technique in the Picture Book. My kids might be a bit too yong to understand the impact of this fantastic woman and the story about a female artist working in a male dominated and politically very turbulent time - but they are impulsively attracted to her whimsical, luring and strange imagery. They giggle when I tell them about Little Baby Gamma, Snifty, the Snipplesnapplewings and Gentlebread whom are some of the fabulous creatures we meet throughout the Picture Book. But most of all they look. And they look again and again recognizing bits of the imagery that have been stolen from elsewhere and brought together in this perfect pêle-mêle that is Hannah Höch's photomontages.
The Dadaistic photomontages were an elaborated exercise in finding new images in already excisting ones and combining them anew into absurd hybrid figures. The Picture Book was created shortly after the Second World War in the grey and hopeless afterwar reality. With its inserted colourful and vibrant paper fibres and its surreal imagery it speaks of a world full of hope, life and vegetation - as an alternative for the playful, creative, childish mind."
Read more at Enfants Terribles Magazine.