Karl Friedrich Brust


Posters, illustrations, publicity. Born 28 April 1897 in Frankfurt a.M. From 1913: apprenticed as a lithographic printer. 1913-14: studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Offenbach a.M.: teachers included Rudolf Koch and Richard Throll. ?-1919: military service. From 1919: freelanced. 1931: settled in Berlin. 1933: his portrait of Hitler exhibited in Berlin Secession exhibition, Hamburg. 1933: denounced as a ‘Kulturbolschewist’ he was unable to exhibit his work until the end of the war – but a 1937 article in the journal Gebrauchsgraphik features his work for posters and covers for the magazine Die Sirene (1935). 1943-4: much of his work destroyed in bombing raids. From 1949: picture editor at the publisher Martens, Munich. Died 6 September 1960 in Munich.

Writings about

  • Anton Sailer, ‘Karl Friedrich Brust’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., April 1937, pp. 50-55
  • Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, Munich/Leipzig: K.G. Saur Verlag, 1990-., 1996.


  • Galerie Maulberger, Munich, 1999 (group)


  • Bochum Museum, Bochum
  • Historical Museum, Frankfurt a.M.
  • Städt. Kunst-Sign, Karlsruhe.