|A watercolor painting by A. Hitler|
When Adolf Hitler was young, he tried to gain admittance to the Vienna Art Academy, and was refused, not once but twice. Some people say it was because his art was uncreative, and others say that he couldn't draw or paint the human form. He didn't have any type of certificate from school, because he had dropped out, and the Vienna Art Academy did not even offer him a chance to take the formal exam. Apparently, he later tried to make a living by selling small paintings and watercolor postcards.
Later on, when Hitler came to power, he seized thousands of paintings and works of art. Anything that was "modern art".. Cubism, Fauvism etc. was seized; and so was anything painted or created by Jews, homosexuals, or other undesirables. Matisse, Picasso, and van Gogh were all included as painters of "degenerate art".
|The program for the degenerate art exhibition.|
I am not at all surprised by the number of paintings that Hitler stole, but I am amazed that he would put it on display. Were the three million visitors truly disgusted? Did any of them secretly wonder why the modern art was "degenerate"? Were any of them dismayed when they found that they could not hate modern art? Did they harbor it like a guilty secret, and feel appalled at their own lack of patriotism?
|degenerate art display|