In times of global economic crisis and greatest need, Otto Griebel (1895-1972), co-founder of the Association of Revolutionary Visual Artists (ASSO) and member of the KPD, created a picture of international solidarity. The large-format paintings depicts the workers as standing shoulder to shoulder, looking confidently and head-on at the viewer. With this, Griebel counted on the power of the workers' movement, if only they stood together. The reality was different: The National Socialists, in power since 1933, persecuted and murdered (not only) the Communists.


  • Title: The Internationale
  • Creator: Otto Griebel
  • Date Created: 1929/1930
  • Location Created: Dresden
  • Physical Dimensions: 123 x 198 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Workers' movement
  • Rights: Courtesy of Matthias Griebel; Deutsches Historisches Museum; Text: Monika Flacke
  • External Link: DHM collection database
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Inventory no.: Kg 62/61

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