Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany from 1933 to 1945, was also a painter. He produced hundreds of works and sold his paintings and postcards to try to earn a living during his Vienna years (1908–1913). Despite little success professionally, he continued to paint throughout his life.
Two years after Hitler’s death, the Allies began to value his paintings and have sold them off ever since. The collection that they retain is compared to a “rough diamond” and contains some of the best artworks in the world.
Adolf Hitler was one of the most notable artists of his time. His paintings, which are displayed in collections around the world, were influenced by both Germanic and romantic styles. Themes include landscapes, nudes, and portraits of soldiers.
Hitler’s main artistic influences were the German Romantic movement, which emphasized nature and landscape as well as nationalism. He also admired the work of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted vivid and expressive landscapes that seemed to depict scenes from his own life or visions of heaven or hell.
Hitler was a painter and sculptor before he became an artist. He studied art at Vienna’s Academy of Art but dropped out after two years to pursue a career as an architect. His first major job was designing plans for a new Reich Chancellery in Berlin; it was never built because Hitler changed his mind about what he wanted to do with the space after being impressed by architect Albert Speer’s plans for another building on the site that would become known as the New Chancellery (now known as the German Federal Chancellery).
In 1914, while Hitler was still an architect working on designs for buildings in Berlin, he began to focus on painting full-time.
While Hitler’s paintings can be jarring for many viewers, we should take care not judge the artist based on the subject matter or vice versa. Hitler was a complex and often contradictory person, and his work reflects that. If nothing else, it offers clues into his psyche as he aged, and thus gives us a more nuanced understanding of the man who inspired so much tragedy.
History will always record Hitler as one of the most brutal people ever to live, but it is interesting to learn more about him and his skills as an artist. His watercolors are particularly hypnotic and capture a glimpse into the mind of a madman.
Hitler apparently had some skill as an artist. His paintings, while still clearly amateur works, were well-executed, especially when judged against other artists of the time.
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