Richard Klein (artist)

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Richard Klein (1890–1967)[1] was a German artist, known mainly for his work as a favoured artist of the Nazi regime. Klein was director of the Munich School of Applied Arts and was one of Hitler's favourite painters.[2]

Klein was one of the artists exhibited at the "Great German Art Exhibition" held at the Haus der Kunst in Munich in 1937, meant as a contrast to the modern art condemned by the Nazis as Entartete Kunst. Klein's work at the exhibition included plaques contributed from Adolf Hitler's private collection.[3] The poster for the exhibition, "The Awakening", was designed by Klein and also used as the front cover for the Nazi art review Art in the Third Reich.[4]

Klein was also the designer of Nazi decorations including the Sudetenland Medal, Anschluss Medal and Memel Medal, collectively known as the German Occupation Medals, plus the most-awarded of all of the Third Reich medals: the War Merit Medal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.artnet.com/artist/567886/richard-klein.html
  2. ^ http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QR_9T_8VLPAC&lpg=RA1-PA92&dq=%22richard%20klein%22%20medals&pg=RA1-PA92#v=onepage&q=%22richard%20klein%22%20medals&f=false
  3. ^ http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_image.cfm?image_id=3252
  4. ^ http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QR_9T_8VLPAC&lpg=RA1-PA92&dq=%22richard%20klein%22%20medals&pg=RA1-PA92#v=onepage&q=%22richard%20klein%22%20medals&f=false