Simplicissimus by Thomas Theodor Heine


Category A: mint / as perfect as vintage can be

Artist: Thomas Theodor Heine

Title: Simplicissimus

Published by:  PPP- Populäre Propaganda Presse München

Printed by: Handpressdruck Mankopf Düsseldorf

Number: 1101

Year: 1960’s

Size: 56,6 x 86,4 cm

In stock



Simplicissimus was a German satirical weekly. Founded in April 1896 and self-published by Albert Langen. It was modeled on two French papers, Gil Blas illustré and Le Rire. The concept blended politically risqué content with contemporary graphic design. Straight-laced Prussian army officers and rigid German social structures were frequent targets for mockery when viewed from the more liberal atmosphere of Munich, where the paper was based. Contributors included Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Frank Wedekind and many other prominent writers. (taken from Nationalmuseum)

PPP – Populäre Propaganda Presse. PPP was a small creative poster venture coming out of Munich, and Düsseldorf in Germany. Indeed PPP was a german poster pioneer in music, political pop, erotic, lithography poster-art print, distribution, and publishing during this time. They were first introducing new trends from the meccas of music (Uk and USA) to Germany, and exporting young german poster art to the world. Some people say in every published poster of PPP is a deeper thought hidden behind. It was a mix of freedom, music, political statements, that expresses the published works of Populäre Propaganda Presse. PPP posters and prints are seldom and hardly around on the market. Especially the printing techniques and the strong color schemes they used at PPP are very supreme and unique. The idea of  ‘printing is an art form’ was one of the secret laws of PPP publishing and distribution. Maybe The Beatles poster edition by Richard Avedon was the most famous poster series by PPP, but looking closer into lesser known works of their published posters – it was just amazingly cool !

Original lithograph of Simplicissimus by Thomas Theodor Heine is a rare 1st edition print, published by PPP – Populäre Propaganda Presse in the late 1960’s in Germany.

This Lithograph is category A. It may have tiny irritations (the beauty of original vintage), which can be seen on the high res. pop-up image of the product.