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Lot 713

KURT SCHMID EHMEN PHOTOGRAPH NEGATIVE ARCHIVE - CREATOR OF THE NAZI EAGLE

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KURT SCHMID EHMEN PHOTOGRAPH NEGATIVE ARCHIVE - CREATOR OF THE NAZI EAGLE


Description: KURT SCHMID EHMEN PHOTOGRAPH NEGATIVE ARCHIVE - CREATOR OF THE NAZI EAGLE
KURT SCHMID EHMEN (1901 - 1968) German sculptor. Schmid Ehmen's monumental works came to represent Nazi German itself. They included the eagle installed at the Feldherrenhalle in Munich, the national eagles on the Fuhrerbau in the Koenigsplatz, and the eagles in stone at the four corners of the congress building of the German museum in Munich. Also among his works was the eagle placed on the 'Der Haus der Deutschen Kunst' in Munich and the gilded eagle atop the German pavilion at the 1937 Paris World Exhibition. Perhaps his most famous works are the 'Tribune' eagles at the parade grounds in Nuremberg which was used for the massive Nazi Party rallies, and the swastika at the grounds, famously blown to pieces for the newsreels at war's end. Schmid Ehmen joined the Nazi Party in the early 1930s and his acquaintance with the architect Paul Ludwig Troost gave him his first commissions as well as an acquaintance with Adolf Hitler. A most important grouping of approximately 350 photo negatives, a virtual catalog of the artist's wartime work including eagles he placed the rally grounds at Nuremberg, the Fuhrerbau in Munich, the Paris Exposition, the House der Deutschen Kunst, among other locales, studio images including his foundry, workers, works in progress, detail images, sites of installations, portraits of the artist and some of his subjects, and much more. Of the total, approx. 9 negatives are glass, measuring 9 x 12 cm.; approx. 297 negatives measure 2.25 x 2.25 in.; approx. 40 negatives measure 3.5 x 4.75 in.; and approx. 4 negatives measure 2.5 x 3.75 in. The slides are accompanied by their original paper envelopes, some of which detail the contents. An important grouping documenting the works of a man who could well be considered Europe's 'most dangerous artist'.

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