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Attr Adolf Hitler German (1889-1945) Graphite

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Attributes: Signed on the lower left with stamp and embossed insignia on verso. Attributed to Adolf Hitler - Media: Graphite on card - Condition: Fair condition, yellowing paper, ink marks and a crease on the right side - Provenance: Private collection, South America - Dimensions (cm): 16 by 20.5 - Dimensions (inches): 6 1/4 by 8 1/2 - Biography: Adolf Hitler, produced hundreds of works. He sold his paintings and postcards to try to earn a living during his Vienna years (1908-13). A number of paintings were recovered after World War II and have been sold at auctions for tens of thousands of dollars. Others were seized by the U.S. Army and are still held by the U.S. government. Other paintings were kept by private individuals. Adolf drew primarily from Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and Neoclassicism. Rudolf von Alt was his greatest "teacher The two show similar subject matter and use of colour. Hitler's aspirations were ruined as he was twice rejected the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna entrance exam. They considered that he had more talent in architecture than in painting. From 1908 to 1913, Hitler tinted postcards and painted houses for a living. He painted his first self-portrait in 1910 at the age of 21. Oddly enough, It was found that the majority of the buyers were Jewish.When Hitler served in World War I, he carried his paintings with him to the front and spent his idle hours painting. His works during this period were among his last before he became a politician. The themes of his wartime painting included farmers' houses, the dressing-station, etc.It is estimated that there are only 300 to 1,000 completed works by Hitler over the span of his life.After seeing the paintings Hitler submitted to the Vienna art academy, John Gunther wrote "They are prosaic, utterly devoid of rhythm, color, feeling, or spiritual imagination. They are architect's sketches: painful and precise draftsmanship; nothing more. No wonder the Vienna professors told him to go to an architectural school and give up pure art as hopeless". One modern art critic was asked to review some of his paintings without being told who painted them and judged them "quite good". The different style in which he drew human figures, however, the critic said, represented a profound uninterest in people.
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Attr Adolf Hitler German (1889-1945) Graphite

Estimate $2,500 - $4,000
May 14, 2019
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Lot 0016 Details

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Attributes: Signed on the lower left with stamp and embossed insignia on verso. Attributed to Adolf Hitler - Media: Graphite on card - Condition: Fair condition, yellowing paper, ink marks and a crease on the right side - Provenance: Private collection, South America - Dimensions (cm): 16 by 20.5 - Dimensions (inches): 6 1/4 by 8 1/2 - Biography: Adolf Hitler, produced hundreds of works. He sold his paintings and postcards to try to earn a living during his Vienna years (1908-13). A number of paintings were recovered after World War II and have been sold at auctions for tens of thousands of dollars. Others were seized by the U.S. Army and are still held by the U.S. government. Other paintings were kept by private individuals. Adolf drew primarily from Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and Neoclassicism. Rudolf von Alt was his greatest "teacher The two show similar subject matter and use of colour. Hitler's aspirations were ruined as he was twice rejected the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna entrance exam. They considered that he had more talent in architecture than in painting. From 1908 to 1913, Hitler tinted postcards and painted houses for a living. He painted his first self-portrait in 1910 at the age of 21. Oddly enough, It was found that the majority of the buyers were Jewish.When Hitler served in World War I, he carried his paintings with him to the front and spent his idle hours painting. His works during this period were among his last before he became a politician. The themes of his wartime painting included farmers' houses, the dressing-station, etc.It is estimated that there are only 300 to 1,000 completed works by Hitler over the span of his life.After seeing the paintings Hitler submitted to the Vienna art academy, John Gunther wrote "They are prosaic, utterly devoid of rhythm, color, feeling, or spiritual imagination. They are architect's sketches: painful and precise draftsmanship; nothing more. No wonder the Vienna professors told him to go to an architectural school and give up pure art as hopeless". One modern art critic was asked to review some of his paintings without being told who painted them and judged them "quite good". The different style in which he drew human figures, however, the critic said, represented a profound uninterest in people.
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