Leipzig; Paris: Film-Foto Verlag; Verlag der Deutschen Arbeitsfront, 1943. First edition. Softcover. Collection of two striking portfolios dedicated to the art of acclaimed German sculptor and Nazi-sympathizer Arno Breker. One portfolio contains 35 original photographs of the artist's sculptures, while the other contains 40 striking prints reproduced in photogravure.
1) Arno Breker. Lichtbilder von Charlotte Rohrbach. Mit einer Einführung von Dr. Werner Rittich. (Paris: Ewald König. Verlag der Deutschen Arbeitsfront. 1943. 1st edition): Folio. Original photo-illustrated cardboard portfolio. Fold-out text part (4 pages) laid in. Portfolio of 40 full-page photogravures depicting some of Arno Breker's stunning masterpieces. Size of plates 14" x 10", (pagination and caption on verso of images). List of 40 plates at flap. Portfolio sunned and partly rubbed on covers and along edges. Title page slightly foxed. Text in German. Portfolio in overall fair to good-, interior in good+ to very good, plates in very good condition.
2) Arno Breker (Leipzig: Film-Foto Verlag. 1943. 'Bibliophilen' edition): Original beige wrappers. Unpaginated. Fold-out text part (6pp.) laid in. Limited edition: 1/500 copies of a portfolio containing 35 original silver-gelatin photographs depicting sculptures by Arno Brecker, a genius artist funded by the NSDAP. His works usually praised the true Aryan with a tall, slim, muscular body and a rather masculine face. Almost all of these bodies were displayed naked. Size of photographs: 15 1/2" x 12". Folio. One of 500 copies, of which this is No.439. Portfolio foxed and partly taped on spine and along edges. Title page slightly foxed. Moderate and sporadic offsetting along edges of photographs. Text in German. Portfolio in overall fair, interior in good+, photographs in good+ to very good condition. g to g+. Item #18166
Arno Breker (1900-1991) was one of the greatest German sculptors of the 20th century. Hitler took a liking to Breker and had him do several busts of him as well as other sculptures of the 'ideal Aryan race'. He used his numerous "naked men with swords" to unite the notions of health, strength, competiton, collective action and willingness to sacrifice the self for the common good seen in many other Nazi works with explicit glorification of militarism. Breker was interrogated after the war in the "Denazification program" and had to pay a small fine.