Franz Eichhorst (born September 7, 1885 in Berlin, died April 30, 1948, Innsbruck) was a German painter, engraver and illustrator, one of a number of German artists known for his war paintings supporting the Nazi regime.
Eichhorst volunteered for military service for Germany in World War I. In the early 1920s, Eichhorst set up a summer studio in Matrei in Osttirol. There in 1928, he created one of his most well-known works, Mädchen mit Krug (Girl with Pitcher).
In 1938 he created a series of war murals for the Schöneberg city hall in Berlin. In April 1938, Adolf Hitler bestowed upon him the honorary title of Professor. Over 50 of his paintings were displayed at the Great German art exhibition (Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung) at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, including battle scenes from the Second World War, particularly those from the conflicts with Poland and Russia.
- McCloskey, Barbara. Artists of World War II, p. 50 (2005) (ISBN 978-0313321535) ("Paintings and drawings by Elk Eber, Fritz Erler, Franz Eichhorst, Wolf Willrich, Rudolf Hengstenberg, and other solder-artists instead glorified Germany's war effort ...")
- Ernst Klee: Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945 (in German). S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, p. 131.
- Brett-Smith, Richard. Berlin '45: The Grey City, p.135 (Macmillan 1966) ("the murals of the leading Nazi war artist, Franz Eichhorst, to be found formerly in the Rauthaus Berlin-Schoneberg")
- Nazi War Art 1940-44. Small gallery includes three Eichhorst paintings.
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