Waffen SS Paintings

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Waffen SS Paintings

Post by jv » 16 May 2005 08:03

I thought I'd start a series of paintings of the Waffen SS by posting these paintings which are at the US military academy Westpoint. Painting 1: SS-Unterscharfuehrer and Painting 2: SS-Obergruppenfuehrer Steiner (SS-Panzer-Diviison Wiking). jv
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Post by Kloster » 16 May 2005 08:58

jv wrote:I thought I'd start a series of paintings of the Waffen SS by posting these paintings which are at the US military academy Westpoint. [...]


hello jv and thanks for the paintings.

can you tell us the storie about them?

am most interested in knowing how the end up at the Westpoint.

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Post by CHRISCHA » 16 May 2005 18:28

I'm also intrested in some background.

I very much like the first painting.

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Post by jv » 17 May 2005 05:57

Hi, I do not know the exact details of where these paintings were found and how they ended up at Westpoint. I can only assume that they were "spoils of war" when the American Armee collected whatever they could find of value to transport back to the USA. Not unlike the Nazis: Goering and Rosenberg in particular were avid collectors of European art. It is also well-known that there are many museum vaults with nazi works of art which will never go on display (for obvious reasons). jv

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Post by Warager » 21 May 2005 04:19

Here is another painting (iforget where i get this sorry :oops: ) i hope to see more painting because 3 is not enought
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Post by blueboyukb » 21 May 2005 20:09

that first west point painting, the portrait, is awsome and haunting. i`ve never seen anything like it before.

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Post by jv » 22 May 2005 05:45

I agree 3 is not enough. Here's another painting by E.J.K. Strahl of the LSSAH: Dietrich in the company of his Ritterkreuztraeger. Who's who? (clue: this painting was reprinted in Kraetschmer's Ritterkreuztraeger der Waffen SS). jv
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Post by Gesetz » 22 May 2005 05:57

The only ones I recognise automatically are Gerhard Bremer to Dietrich's left and is it Kurt Meyer beside Bremer?

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Post by PanzerMonkey » 22 May 2005 06:37

That first painting is amazing. It is the type of protrait painting you would see for a member of a royal family. Seeing an officer painted in such a manner, let alone a Waffen SS officer, is bizarre and extremely interesting. I would like to know more!

I have often thought that it would be interesting to have an art exhibit on soldiers, painting them as the subjects in paintings in which they would not normally be featured. This is exactly what I envisioned, actually. Really splendid.

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Post by Gesetz » 22 May 2005 17:28

My father told me of a restaurant that used to be here in Ottawa, Canada, that had paintings of SS soldiers in action all around painted by the owner himself. He'd be in one of the foreign legions and was not shy to speek if his time in the SS or to remember his fallen friends. If only it was still open...

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Post by Reader3000 » 22 May 2005 18:22

From left to right to see Pleiß, Meyer, Bremer, Dietrich, Witt, all with Ritterkreuz.

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Post by Richard Hedlund » 22 May 2005 19:22

Nice paintings you have posted here. Who have made all these paintings, Germans during the war? Or other people post war painting from photographs?

/Richard

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Post by jv » 23 May 2005 06:51

Panzerass wrote:From left to right to see Pleiß, Meyer, Bremer, Dietrich, Witt, all with Ritterkreuz.


Pretty good. Next to Dietrich to the right are: Teddy Wisch, Fritz Witt and Hein Springer (source: Kraetschmer). In Kraetschmer's Ritterkreuztrager the painter is mentioned as Ernst J. Krause who was a member of the LAH and who created the Ostmedaille. jv

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Post by Reader3000 » 23 May 2005 09:14

yes, right. I also have that book, but did not look up. :wink:

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