GERMAN SCULPTOR SERIES


This early 1940's postcards series from "Film Foto Verlag" featured thirteen German sculptors.  I believe it to be a continuation of the Michelangelo series of cards, starting from where that series left off at #19 and continuing to #118.  I think the first 18 cards of this series were added at a later date.  Those first cards are more difficult to find and the printing on the back is different.  Card #18 appears to be from a different publisher altogether, Kunstverlag Herbert Sala.  This is just speculation on my part,though.  They were also released in a larger art print size 20 CM x 30 CM, and also perhaps in a book.

The following artist and the number of their works featured on the cards are:

40   Arno Breker
29   Hans Haffenrichter
10   Richard Scheibe
 9   Fritz Klimsch
 5   Jakob Wilhelm Fehrle
 2   Hanns Anker
 2   Robert Stieler
 2   Rudolf Agricola
 1   Paul Bronisch
 1   Wilhelm Tank
 1   Adolf Abel
 1   Joseph Thorak
 1   Max Esser

These cards were published after the Aryanization of "Ross Verlag" when the company was then under the control of the National Socialist goverment.  These thirteen artists were considered official sculptors of the Third Reich.  Arno Breker was Hitler's favorite sculptor, and received the most work.  It is said that 90% of Breker's public art survived the war; however, the Allies destroyed it when they arrived.  Having been a member of the Nazi Party, Breker struggled to regain his reputation after the war, but remained controversial.  He died in 1991.

Many of the artists were commissioned to sculpt members of the Nazi party such as Hitler and Göring.

The sculptors were on the Gottbegnadeten-Liste (God-gifted list), a 36 page list assembled by Hitler and Goebbels of artists considered important to Nazi culture.  Being on the list exempted you from military service, at least until the end of the war when the Volkssturm was instituted, which force inscripted all able bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 into the military.  Alfred Abel was one of those drafted into the Voklssturm.  He went missing in 1945.

Biographical information found through Wikipedia.

Titles of the cards, and some of the images that I was not able to find from postcards, I found here.




1
  Fritz Klimsch:
"Die Woge"


 

2
  Fritz Klimsch:
"Stehendes Mädchen"


 

3
  Richard Scheibe:
"Hockende"


 

4
  Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

5
  Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

6
  Fritz Klimsch:
"Sinnende"


 

7
  Fritz Klimsch:
"Olympia"


 

8
  Fritz Klimsch:
"In Sonne und Wind"


 

9
  Fritz Klimsch:
"Jugend"


 

10
  Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

11
  Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

12
  Fritz Klimsch:
"Anadyomene"


 

13
  Unknown


 

14
  Unknown


 

15
  Unknown


 

16
  Joseph Thorak:
"Das Licht"


 

17
  Fritz Klimsch:
"Maja"


 

18
  Fritz Klimsch:
"Galathea"


 

19
  Arno Breker:
"Der Wager"


 

20
  Arno Breker:
"Berufung"


 

21
  Arno Breker:
Kopf der "Berufung"


 

22
  Arno Breker:
Anmut


 

23
  Arno Breker:
Kopf der "Anmut"


 

24
  Arno Breker:
"Psyche"


 

25
  Arno Breker:
Richard Wagner


 

26
  Arno Breker:
"Studie"


 

27
  Arno Breker:
"Opfer"


 

28
  Arno Breker:
"Kameraden"


 

29
  Arno Breker:
"Kameraden" (Ausschnitt)


 

30
  Arno Breker:
"Vergeltung"


 

31
  Arno Breker:
"Momumentalfigur"


 

32
  Arno Breker:
"Verwundeter"


 

33
  Arno Breker:
Ausschnitt: Verwundeter


 

34
  Arno Breker:
"Eos"


 

35
  Arno Breker:
"Bereitschaft"


 

36
  Arno Breker:
"Schreitende"


 

37
  Arno Breker:
"Der Künder"


 

38
  Arno Breker:
Psyche (Ausschnitt)


 

39
  Arno Breker:
"Die Wächter"


 

40
  Arno Breker:
Der Wächter (Ausschnitt)


 

41
  Arno Breker:
Die Knieende


 

42
  Arno Breker:
"Die Knieende"


 

43
  Arno Breker:
Wehrmacht


 

44
  Arno Breker:
Partei


 

45
  Arno Breker:
Der Zehnkämpfer


 

46
  Arno Breker:
Die Siegerin


 

47
  Unknown


 

48
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Sitzender Bär


 

49
  Unknown


 

50
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Sitzender Bär


 

51
  Unknown


 

52
  Robert Stieler:
Athlet


 

53
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

54
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

55
 Prof. Richard Scheibe:
Aufsteigende


 

56
  Adolf Abel:
Der Morgen


 

57
 Prof. Richard Scheibe:
"Hockende"


 

58
 Prof. Richard Scheibe:
Der Morgen


 

59
  Rudolf Agricola:
Sitzendes Mädchen


 

60
 Prof. Richard Scheibe:
Sinnende


 

61
  Prof. Richard Scheibe:
Flehende


 

62
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Der Klang"


 

63
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Der Klang


 

64
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Joh. Seb. Bach


 

65
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Riemenschneider


 

66
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Mozart


 

67
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Reichsmarschall Göring


 

68
 Prof. Jakob Wilhelm Fehrle:
"Mädchen aus dem Schwarzwald"


 

69
  Rudolf Agricola:
"Knabenkopf"


 

70
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Am Ziel"


 

71
 Prof. W. Tank (Wilhelm):
"Speerwerferin"


 

72
  Paul Bronisch:
"In Memoriam"


 

73
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

74
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

75
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

76
  Prof. Richard Scheibe:
Arbeiter


 

77
 Prof. Richard Scheibe:
Jüngling


 

78
 Prof. Richard Scheibe:
Der Denker


 

79
 Prof. Richard Scheibe:
Bogenschütze


 

80
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Schneeleopard


 

81
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Läufer


 

82
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter: Bogenschütze


 

83
  Robert Stieler:
Faustkämpfer


 

84
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Seeadler


 

85
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Löwin mit Jungen


 

86
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Schwertträger


 

87
  Hanns Anker:
Der Morgen


 

88
  Hanns Anker:
Der Morgen


 

89
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Der Führer


 

90
  Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Eurydike"


 

91
 Prof. Jakob Wilhelm Fehrle:
"Julia"


 

92
  Jakob Wilhelm Fehrlea:
"Aphrodite"


 

93
 Prof. Jakob Wilhelm Fehrle:
"Aphrodite"


 

94
  Jakob Prof.Fehrle:
"Flötenspieler"


 

95
  Unknown


 

96
  Unknown


 

97
  Unknown


 

98
  Unknown


 

99
  Unknown


 

100
  Unknown


 

101
  Unknown


 

102
  Unknown


 

103
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Liegender Leopard


 

104
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
Liegender Leopard


 

105
  Max Esser:
Wellensittich


 

106
 Prof. Hans Haffenrichter:
"Drei Pferde"


 

107
  Arno Breker:
Flora


 

108
  Arno Breker:
Flora (Ausschnitt)


 

109
  Arno Breker:
Apoll und Daphne


 

110
  Arno Breker:
Kopf des Apoll
(Ausschnitt Apoll und Daphne)


 

111
  Arno Breker:
Kopf Der Daphne
(Ausschnitt Apoll und Daphne)


 

112
  Arno Breker:
Herold


 

113
  Arno Breker:
Herold


 

114
  Arno Breker:
Gerhard Hauptmann


 

115
  Arno Breker:
Du und Ich


 

116
  Arno Breker:
Demut


 

117
  Arno Breker:
Kopf der Demut


 

118
  Arno Breker:
Deumut (Ausschnitt)