Richard Klein (artist)

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Richard Klein (1890–1967)[1] was a German artist, known for his patriotic work as a medallist from the start of WWI in 1914,[2] and mainly for his work as a favoured artist of the Nazi regime. Klein was director of the Munich School of Applied Arts and was one of Hitler's favourite painters.[3]

Klein was one of the artists exhibited at the "Great German Art Exhibition" held at the Haus der Kunst in Munich in 1937, meant as a contrast to the modern art condemned by the Nazis as Entartete Kunst. Klein's work at the exhibition included plaques contributed from Adolf Hitler's private collection.[4] The poster for the exhibition, "The Awakening", was designed by Klein and also used as the front cover for the Nazi art review Art in the Third Reich.[5]

Klein was also the designer of Nazi decorations including the Sudetenland Medal, Anschluss Medal and Memel Medal, collectively known as the German Occupation Medals, plus the most-awarded of all of the Third Reich medals: the War Merit Medal.


  2. Georg Zetzmann, Deutsche Silbermedaillen des I. Weltkriegs auf die militärischen Handlungen und denkwürdigen Ereignisse von 1914 bis 1919, H. Gietl Verlag & Publikationsservice GmbH, Regenstauf 2002, ISBN=3-924861-52-8, p. 374 (German)