10 Paintings by Adolf Hitler

Hitler is known for being one of the most evil and murderous men in Jewish history. Yet few people know that he also produced a large amount of paintings, focusing on flowers, landscapes and cathedrals.

Adolf Hitler, Dictator of the Holocaust
Adolf Hitler, failed dictator of Germany during World War II, produced a variety of oil and watercolor paintings. In addition to being responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people, including the genocide of six million Jews, Hitler was an artist who used cathedrals and flowers as subject matter for many of his paintings.

"Dianthus", a fine art painting by Adolf Hitler. This painting is surprising to many, as the feminine, gentle flowers don't reveal the cruelty of the man who painted them. Many of Adolf Hitler's paintings were like this; weak in composition and lacking in any vibrant visual appeal.
This painting by Adolf Hitler is called simply, "Roses". Although Hitler was not a great artist, his paintings are not terrible either. However, there is a level of insecurity and immaturity in this painting. Hitler has forgotten to add a shadow beneath the pot, which is a commonly a child's mistake. While the flowers seem finished, the pot seems to have been hurriedly plonked into the scene without any finishing touches such as shows, highlights and reflections. A more careful and skilled painter would not have made these mistakes.

Adolf Hitler's Failed Art Career

Before becoming involved in politics, Hitler applied several times to The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, hoping to further his artistic career. He was turned down each time, and was forced to live on the streets, selling paintings to tourists and exchanging them in restaurants for meals.

Hitler called this painting, "Cathedral in Vienna". Hitler's paintings of architecture sometimes had more detail and contrast between light areas and shadows than his still life paintings. 
"Mother Mary with the Holy Child Jesus Christ". Hitler's paintings of Mary and Jesus has caused a lot of controversy among Christians. Hitler himself was a Christian, yet he was the creator of much misery and despair during the Second World War. He has been held responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews, gypsies and people from other social sects that Hitler didn't deem worthy of being included in his future Germany.
Many of HItler's paintings portrays the scenery that he encountered during his military campaigns around Europe. When Adolf Hitler opened his own art museum, he very sternly rejected modern art, favoring classical styles over the more adventurous and sometimes brutish modern art styles, yet in the painting above, the style is more akin to the Impressionists; a modern art movement that rebels against classical art styles.
Not only are these paintings unique because of their infamous painter, they also give us a view into the past; showing us buildings and fashions from Hitler's time.
Before becoming involved in politics, Adolf Hitler used to paint pastoral scenes which he sold to tourists. Many of these paintings included churches, farm buildings and farmland; the kind of scenes that people might want to look at in their living room.
Adolf Hitler was known for using a variety of different paints, so he didn't just stick to oil painting or watercolor painting. This makes his art works even more difficult to authenticate. It is believed by many art professionals that some of Hitler's paintings that have previously been sold for a lot of money may in fact be fakes.
Note the difference in styles between each of Hitler's paintings. It is possible that this painting, or any one of the others, is a fake because Hitler didn't have a distinctive, recognisable style.
It's crazy to think that the man who painted this peaceful, gentle landscape was responsible for so much pain, horror and death during WWII. 

Fake Hitler Paintings

The authenticity of Hitler’s paintings is often hard to prove, as he seldom mentioned the paintings by name or description in his correspondence and diaries. His friend, Reinhold Hanisch, sold fake Hitler paintings during the fuehrer’s reign over Germany, an act that Hitler did not approve of. During Hitler’s youth, Hanisch pushed him to create a painting per day, a grueling pace which otherwise managed to feed them each evening. 
Adolf Hitler's signature appears to have changed as he matured, and so it is possible that some painting that are believed to be the work of Adolf Hitler, were actually forgeries or fakes.

This is Hitler's signature on an authentic, verified sketch by Adolf Hitler
This is the signature that Adolf Hitler used on official documents, which is completely different from the signature that he used on his art works.
It's possible that Adolf Hitler was simply trying to sign his name in an impressionist style to match the painting, but this signature is considered by many to be fake, and paintings that bear this signature are often suspected to be forgeries.

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