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Friday, May 10, 2013

The Paintings of Adolf Hitler (German, 1889 - 1945)

 Adolf Hitler dreamed of becoming an artist, so in 1907 he applied to the painting school at the Vienna Academy of Art. He did not pass the entrance exam. After his mother passed away just a few months later from breast cancer, Hitler again tried to apply to the Vienna Academy of Art, but this time he was not even allowed to take the test. Hitler tried his hand at being a painter during his youth. However, he gave up on the profession to pursue a career in politics and the Nazi Party. Eventually, he became dictator of Germany and led it into World War 2, causing the deaths of millions of people.

One question that seems to come immediately to people's minds is: How did Hitler's art come to be available at all? Hitler had sold all of his early art to support himself and two roommates -- Gustl Kubizek from February 23 to August 28, 1908 and Reinhold Hanisch from February 9, 1909 to August 5, 1910 -- in the years preceding his military service in World War One.

The contention Hitler only painted 300 paintings in his lifetime is also completely inaccurate. By Hitler's own accounting, he painted between one and three watercolors a day during his Vienna years. If one assumes he painted only one painting a day, and only three days a week, then the minimum number he would have painted would be six hundred, which is remarkably close to Hitler's own recollection of "over a thousand."(12) Another story asserts Hitler ordered Martin Bormann, his personal secretary, to destroy his paintings. Hitler was convinced to the end that he would be able to escape Berlin in time to get to Obersalzberg. Bormann was with him the whole time, so there was neither opportunity nor motive to destroy what Hitler spent money, time, effort and energy to reacquire, catalog and archive in the Braune Haus and at Obersalzberg. It's conceivable the assertion he ordered his paintings to be destroyed was a ploy to create an artificially high market value for his work. Far from being ashamed of his painting, he was fond of giving them as gifts to people he thought appreciated his work."Apparently in his more expansive and generous moods Hitler would present his favourites with paintings from among those he kept for himself. Göring, Himmler, and even Mussolini were favoured in this way."

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