Displayed at the Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung 1943 room 6.
‘Sommer’, masterpiece of Ernst Zoberbier, hung in the Great German Art Exhibition 1943, room 6.
In the 1930s and 1940s postcards were an important medium that brought the art from the exhibitions to a larger public. The official ‘Haus der Deutsche Kunst’ postcards were produced by, unsurprisingly, Heinrich Hoffman’s company. Zoberbiers ‘Sommer’ was also printed on postcards.
Ernst Zoberbier, ‘Sommer’, postcard
|– condition||: II|
|– size||: 194 x 85 cm, excluding frame|
|– signed||: right, under. Dated 1943|
|– type||: oil on canvas|
|– misc.||: backsite: Medal of the Great German Art Exhibition 1943, and GDK-tags|
Ernst Zoberbier, ‘ Träumende’ (‘Dreamer’), postcard. GDK 1940, room 10. Bought by Martin Bormann for 12.000 RM.
‘Träumende’ depicted in the article ‘Art in the Third Reich’ by Monuments Man Lincoln Kirstein, ‘Magazine of Art’, New York, October 1945.
Ernst Zoberbier, ‘Die Gezeiten’ (‘The tide’). GDK 1939, room 6. Bought by Hitler for 8.000 RM. In the possession of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin. Displayed at the exhibition ‘Aufstieg und Fall der Moderne‘, Weimar, 1999.
Ernstr Zoberbier, ‘Tunnelbau’ (‘Tunnel-driving’). GDK 1941 room 15. Bought by Gauleiter Wagner for 12.000 Reichsmark. Depicted in ‘Deutsche Kunst der Gegenwart’, Breslau, 1943.
Ernst Zoberbier. Swimingpool, Vogelsang 2013. This three-metre-high tile-mosaic work from 1937 depicting a swimming pool was part of the National Socialistic School ‘Ordensburg Vogelsang’, built in 1937. Ordensburg Vogelsang was a propaganda school for NSDAP pupils. Zoberbier’s work portrayed discipline, strength, bravery and comradeship, as well as determined, blind obedience.
Ernst Zoberbier (1893–1965) was a German painter and graphic artist. He studied at the Art School in Magdeburg (graphics and illustrations), and then later in Berlin and in Leipzig. He worked in Wiesbaden from 1913, mainly as an illustrator for newspapers. He made etchings with technical themes and many drawings, and now and then he designed posters for detergents and for the car industry (Opel). In his spare time he painted landscapes, allegoric persons and nudes in a very romantic manner. His breakthrough as a painter cae with the rise of the Third Reich.
Zoberbier had five paintings hanging in the Great German Art Exhibitions. They were bought by Adolf Hitler, Martin Bormann and Reichsminister Adolf Wagner for prices of up to 12.000 Reichsmark.
Zoberbier’s work ‘Die Gezeiten’ (‘The tide’, GDK 1939 bought by Hitler for 8.000 Reichsmark) is in the possession of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin. It was displayed at the exhibition ‘Aufstieg und Fall der Moderne‘, Weimar, 1999.