German sculptor and medalist Josef Wackerle came out of a woodcarver family and studied at the School of Applied Arts and the Academy of Arts in München. Aged only 26 years, he then became Artistic Director of the Nymphenburg porcelain manufactory in 1906. In 1913, he began teaching in Berlin and in 1917 in München, where he then taught at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1924-50. The Nazis appreciated his art.
One of Wackerle’s works was the sculpture Rosseführer (Horse Leader) at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. He received the Goethe Medal on a proposal by Hitler in 1940 and was included in the list of the most important German artists in 1944. Since he was not in the Nazi party and his art had nothing to do with Nazi ideology, he was still allowed to work after the war, received many new orders, and he returned to designing majolica and porcelain figures. Wackerle then also created numerous fountains and artistic elements to buildings.