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Hitler's Self Portrait And Paintings


November, 2013


Hitler was rejected twice by Vienna's Academy of Fine Arts in 1907 and 1908 after being told he was not a talented enough artist.

Like most amateurs, Hitler started by painting simple landscapes. Without originality or professional training, he went on to imitate the watercolors and prints of the south German school and copied scenes from postcards which he sold to tourists.

As a struggling artist, he painted a self-portrait in 1910 at age 21.

This watercolour is thought to be the earliest self-portrait by Adolf Hitler. Kept in storage since it was discovered during the Second World War, it was placed on public view before it was recently auctioned.

The small portrait has no nose or mouth, let alone a postage-stamp moustache. But it appears Hitler was keen to identify himself by daubing a cross and the initials AH above the figure. Richard Westwood- Brookes, Mullocks auctioneers' historical documents expert, said: 'It's curious to say the least how an artist, whose interests at this stage of his life should be in such peaceful and bucolic subjects, could turn into the monster he became in later life."

The painting, along with 12 others by Hitler, was found by Company Sergeant Major Willie J McKenna when he was stationed in Essen, Germany in 1945. They were sold direct to the present unidentified vendor and kept out of sight for decades.


During the Third Reich — and even today, there are eager collectors of Hitler's own paintings and artwork.

During his stay in Vienna, he sold several thousand paintings and postcards, some of which are still turning up even today.

Art remained one of Hitler's major interests throughout his life. Although there was a thriving market for his paintings, he made no claims to greatness as a painter. By 1938, the notorious Fuhrer decided to prohibit reproductions of his paintings.

There is a tremendous fascination with Hitler these days and the sale of his paintings provides bidders with a rare opportunity of obtaining a work by Hitler at a time long before he learned that he was the illegitimate grandson of Solomon Rothschild (son of Mayer Amschel Rothschild) and long before his Rothschild "handlers" financed his campaigns of mass murder and world domination.'

In September, 2002, Deborah Rothschild designed an exhibit of Hitler's paintings at Williams College Museum of Art. About 21,000 people visited the exhibit after it opened in July, 2002, but Rothschild said despite the turnout, there are no plans to put it on tour.


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