‘Nach dem Kampf’ (‘After the battle’)
Original poster from1940 with newspaper from 1933 on the backside
This original poster from 1940 depicts a brave German soldier, aware of his duty, who is bandaging his wrist. In the distance is the chaos of the battle field: smoking ruins and canons. On the backside of this period print is adhered the newspaper “Vossische Zeitung” from 1933. The leading article concerns the Reichtag fire which happened only a day earlier. Vossische Zeitung, founded in 1704, was a Berlin-based liberal newspaper. In 1934, a year after this edition, Vossische Zeitung was forced by the Nazis to close down. The Reichstag fire (27 February 1933) was an arson attack on the Reichstag building in Berlin that occurred on 27 February 1933. The event is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany. The fire was used by the Nazis as evidence that the Communists were beginning a plot against the German government. Suspending civil liberties, the government instituted mass arrests of Communists, including all of the Communist parliamentary delegates. With their bitter rivals the Communists gone and their seats empty, the National Socialist Party went from being merely a plurality party to the majority.
The poster is signed ‘EK 40, Nach dem Kampf’ (partially under the frame). Poster, frame, and glass are all original from 1940; paper is from 1933.
|– condition||: II|
|– size||: 42 x 32 cm|
|– type||: original period print of 1940|
|– signed||: ‘EK 40, Nach dem Kampf’ (partially under the frame)|
|– misc.||: original paper of 28 February 1933 on backside|
Left: Ernst Kretschmann, postcard, ‘Panzerspähmann’ (‘Armor Reconnaissance Crewman’). GDK 1941 room 30.
Right: Ernst Kretschmann, ‘Stellung vor Narvik’ “Batlle of Narvik’). GDK 1941 room 30.
Ernst Kretschmann, ‘Der Gruppenführer’. Cover of the exhibition ‘Maler an der Front‘ (’War-painters’), 1940, Berlin.
Ernst Kretschamnn, ‘Frauen-Warte’ (women’s magazine), August 1941. On the cover is a painting of German soldiers titled ‘Führer Befehl – wir folgen Dir!’ (‘Führer command — we will follow you!’)
Left: Ernst Kretschmann, ‘Neues Land’ (‘New Land”). Displayed at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung 1925.
Right: Ernst Kretschmann, ‘Der Neugierige’ (‘Curious’). Displayed at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung 1927.
Two works by Ernst Kretschmann displayed at the ‘Sonderausstellung Umkämpfte Wege der Moderne, -Geschichten aus Potsdam und Babelsberg 1914-1945’, Museum Potsdam, 2019.
Ernst Kretschmann (1897–1942) was a German illustrator, graphic designer and SA-Truppführer (Nazi storm trooper with the rank of sergeant first class).
In 1912 the son of a railroad worker studied at the Architektenschule in Mainz. In 1915 Kretschmann voluntarily joined the army. As part of a Stosstrupp he took part in 34 battles and was wounded at Verdun. From 1921 to 1931 he made study trips within Europe and to Morocco, Spanish-East Africa and the Canary Islands. In this time, as a self taught graphic artist, he made many illustrations for the fashion industry. As an employee of the magazines ‘Die SA’ and ‘Der SA-Führer’, Kretschamnn made many propaganda illustrations for the National Socialists. In the Great German Art Exhibitions Kretschmann was represented -until his death- with four works. These works and many of his other propaganda works were printed on postcards and distributed on a large scale.
As a SA-Truppführer from a propaganda company he fell in 1942 at the Eastfront.