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Lot 8221: Josef Thorak (1889 - 1952) - a life-sized bronze portrait bust of Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl, 1934

German Historical Collectibles from 1919 to the Present

by Hermann Historica GmbH

04 November 2016

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Description: Bronze with beautiful dark brown patina. Signed in the nape of the neck "J.Thorak". Height 35 cm. On a marble base, total height 42.5 cm. Apart from Arno Breker, Josef Thorak was the most important sculptor of the Third Reich. Before the war, Hitler had a huge studio built for him in Baldham near Munich according to drafts by Albert Speer. It was at that time the largest art studio in Europe - spacious enough for Thorak to create one-piece sculptures with a height of up to 17 metres. Beside the monumental sculptures, he also created numerous busts, among them portrait busts of Frederick the Great, Otto von Bismarck, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul von Hindenburg, Rudolf Heß, Benito Mussolini, Fritz Todt and, in 1934, apart from a bust of Hitler also that of Ernst Hanfstaengl. Cf. Mortimer G. Davidson, Kunst in Deutschland 1933 - 1945 - Skulpturen, p. 507. Ernst Hanfstaengl (1887 - 1975), wealthy son of a publisher and art dealer and one of Hitler's most colourful characters and important patrons from the early years of the NSDAP (after the failed Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, Hitler went into hiding in Hanfstaengl's country house in Uffing at Lake Staffel), became the NSDAP's foreign press officer in 1931. Goebbel's intentional discrediting of Hanfstaengl to strengthen his own position with Hitler caused Hanfstaengl to escape to the United Kingdom in 1937, where he was captured at the outbreak of the war and finally extradited to the USA. As Hitler's friend of many years he was to advise the allied forces regarding his subsequent steps.

Condition Report: I - II

Notes: Kunst im Dritten Reich
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