Compared with the Soviets, the Nazis were mostly second rate in the arts. This, for example, looks more likely to provoke tears of laughter than reverence. Was the artist having a quiet laugh at the Fuhrer? Is he really meant to be shown with an erection?
As said, I know more about music than the visual arts. However, the only German music that has survived from the Nazi period is Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Lily Marlene. Neither stands comparison with the outpouring of genius over which Stalin presided.
Of course, much other Nazi art was better than this. But I’ve seen none to rank with the high points of socialist realism.
The Standard Bearer
Hubert Lanzinger’s Der Bannerträger (The Standard Bearer) is one of almost 10,000 works of German military and Nazi propaganda art the U.S. Army seized after the war as part of the effort to denazify German society. This and 400 other Nazi-era artworks still considered politically charged remain in the U.S. Army’s custody today.
Oil on wood, ca. 1934–36.
Credit: U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.