Welcome to the Nazi Art Official Museum. Organized every year since 1937 by Adolf Ziegler,
appointed by Hitler, Director of the House of German Art,  this show was very often a "bust".  
National Socialism is the only regime which carefully excluded all but the approved art forms
right from its start, but the iconography of National Socialist art, although limited, was of good
quality. The subjects which National Socialists favour and vigorously promoted showed that art
was not only the direct expression of their political ideas, but also at the base of their political
system in all its aspects. Here are some examples of what state-controlled art can produce.

In 1936, Hitler decided to stage his own show of the hated modern art. An official exhibition of
Entartete Kunst" -Degenerated Art- opened in Munich on July 19th, 1937, a day after the
opening of the first
Great German Art Exhibition, to which it was a useful pendant. The
term "
degenerated" was coined by the jewish philosopher Max Nordau who, at the end of
the 19th century, decided that all forms of new art, especially in painting, were degenerated.  
Nordau was with Theodor Herzl a pioneer of Zionism.

With great satisfaction, Goebbels -who had probably not read Nordau and was not particularly
anti-semitic- felt however obliged to announce:
"How deeply the perverse Jewish spirit has
penetrated German cultural life is shown in the frightening and horrifying forms of the Exhibition
Of Degenerate Art in Munich . This has nothing at all to do with the suppression of artistic
freedom and modem progress. On the contrary, the botched art works which were exhibited
there and their creators are of yesterday and before yesterday. They are the senile
representatives, no longer to be taken seriously, of a period that we have intellectually and
politically overcome and whose monstrous, degenerate creations still haunt the field of the
plastic arts in our time

                 (Göbbels, November 26th, 1937, in Von der Großmacht zur Weltmacht.)
Julius Paul Junghanns:
Rest under the willow trees,
Werner Peiner:
German soil
Karl Alexander Floegel:
Harvests, 1938
Heinrich Berran:
Hay bearer
Oskar Martin-Amorbach:
The sower, 1937
Julius Paul Junghanns:
Hard labor, 1939
Udo Wendel
Albert Henrich: Countyside
still life, 1940
Fritz Erler: Fritzl
Udo Wendel: The Art
Magazine, 1940
Gisbert Palmié: Labor rewards
Gisbert Palmié: Labor
rewards (details)
Ivo Saliger: Diana rest, 1940
Adolf Ziegler: The Four Elements
Great German Art Exhibition,
Franz Xaver Wolf: Parting,
Fritz Mackensen: the suckling
Johann Schult: After the
bath, 1940
Franz Eichhorst: Street
Paul Matthias Padua: the 10th
of may 1940
Arthur Kampf: Steelworks, Great
German Art Exhibition, 1939
Adolf Reich : All their
precious belongings,
Franz Weiss: the 7 capital
Conrad Hommel:
Der Fuehrer, 1940
Georg Gunther:
Entrepause 1939
Julius Paul Junghanns:
Ivo Saliger: Urteil des Paris
Hans Karl Busch:
Morale by Will Tschech
30 January 1933 by Arthur
Nach dem Kampf by
Hans Bühler
Kameraden by Will
Beer Putsch 1923  by Schmitt
Bust of Erwin Rommel
by Fritz Berberich
Die Schauende (the
Looker) by Fritz Klimsch
SS Guards by Ferdinand Staeger
The worst of Nazi Art   was reserved to the Führer  under the form of   "Bildnis"  (portraits) :
"Der Führer" by Karl
"Führer des
Reiches" By Conrad
Hommel, 1939.
"Bildnis des Führers"
by Rudolf Zill, 1942
"Bildnis des
Führers" by Franz
Triebsch, 1939
Der Führer by Hugo
Lehmann (1938)
"Der Führer und
Oberste Befehlshaber
der Wehrmacht" by
Conrad Hommel, 1940
Der Führer by  
Heinrich Knirr,
Hitler's official
painter - 1937
Der Führer  by Fritz
Erler, 1939.
"Bildnis des Führers"
by Otto von Kursell,
"Führerbildnis" by
Hans Schachinger,
However Nazi art notably in the field of sculpture could be very good, artists like Thorak and Breker or  
Klimsch  performed remarkable works and should today figure amongst the best artists of the past
century, notwithstanding their collaboration with the regime. After all men like von Braun and Porsche
were also geniuses  in their field and they are still considered as such and have never been  prosecuted
by the Allies in 1945 whereas US GIs
used Klimsch's works as shooting-pratice targets after the war.
This  sculpture by
Josef Thorak  was
said to have been
modeled from a
picture of German
Olympic gold-medal
winner Tillie
Fleischer  who was
a favorite of Adolf
In wind und
sonne 1936
Statues/sculptures   by
Professor Fritz Klimsch
From 1934 through 1936 Klimsch  was supervisor of the Meister studio for sculpture  at the Berlin Academy of Arts and later
yielded his post to Richard Scheibe in order to devote himself entirely to his work and to the orders that were rolling in. He
did many Third Reich's  sculptures such as  the statues for the Luftwaffe Communications School and called it Der
Kämpfer in Wind und Sonne (picture to the left). For the Ministry of Propaganda in Berlin he did the statue
Beschaulichkeit. In 1939 for J. Goebbel's property in the garden of the ministry he did Brunnengruppe. In 1940 he did
sculpture  works  for Ribbentrop's Foreign Office gardens and many others. He worked for IG Farben and retired in 1950. He
died in Feiburg in 1960.  The sculpture on red background  recently sold for more than
Not all painting works  by  "Nazi" artists were exalting the National-Socialist "virtues".  The only form of art
which was not officially tolerated -although Nazi leaders like  Goering used to privately collect them-was
the Entarte Kunst  which essentially referred to abstract and surrealist art that  Hitler hated.  The picture
on the right below is characteristic of the great celebrations offered to the German people at the opening
of the German Art exhibition which was held each year since 1937  
Hitler's favorite painter : Franz von  Stuck
Sisyphus  1920       
The sin 1893
Wounded Amazon 1903
The sirens (half the
painting is here
Sign my
Franz von Stuck (1863-1928)  was Hitler's favorite artist when he was in Vienna and in the 20s. Hitler liked very much many
paintings by him. Among them were: "Sinnlichkeit" (Sensuality), "Verfolgung" (Pursuit), "Das Laster" (Depravity), "Das böse
Gewissen" (Evil Conscience), "Die Sünde" (Sin) and "Die Sirene" (The Sirens). When  Hitler saw   von Stuck's paintings die  
Sirene, he  gasped : "those are the eyes of my mother!" and when he saw "Die Medusa" (pic above to the left. mother to the
right)  he said "she looks like my mother." More paintings by Stuck HERE.
W. Wiesbrock
Wooden head
Hitler as he wished to be seen - as the chief
patron of the arts. This Heinrich Hoffmann
photo appeared as the frontispiece to several
of the catalogs of the annual art exhibits in the
Haus der Deutschen Kunst.
German Art in its Nazi Expression
Adolf Wissel: Kalenberger
"Hitler,  Creator of the
Third Reich and
Renewer of German
Art" by  Heinrich Knirr  
Hubert Lanzinger's  "Der
Bannerträger" (The
Standard Bearer),
"Bildnis des Führers"
by Franz Triebsch,
Like Arno
Breker, Jo
Thorak sculpted
massive figures
heroism and
bravoure. He
was given a
huge studio in
Munich in 1938
to perform his
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It is today plain obvious  
that Hitler had weird
sexual practices and
penchants. He was
attracted to a rather
somber side of sexuality
given perhaps his own
sexual deficiencies.  For
instance, he bought for
himself this rather
scandalous -although
mythological- painting of
"Leda and the Swan"
(Zeus under  the disguise
of a swan)  by  artist Paul
Mathias Padua that was
exhibited during the Great
 German Art Show of
1937 in Munich.
"The Judgment of
Paris" by Josef
Thorak exposed at
the Great German
Art Exposition of
1941 is original
and splendid. It
was   designed as
a fountain
grouping and  was
one of the main
features of the  
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