In His Spare Time, He Liked to Paint

When I think of history’s greatest artists, I think of Rembrant, Picasso, Pollack, Warhol, etc. Adolph Hitler doesn’t ever come to mind. Nevertheless, the organizers of an auction on Saturday were reportedly surprised when five watercolor paintings attributed to the former leader of the Nazi party failed to receive any bids. Really? They were surprised? I don’t know that I’d want to own one of those and brag about it.
The paintings were among 68 obtained by the Nuremberg, Germany auction house, reportedly created by Hitler when he was an aspiring artist before World War I. Three days before the auction, police seized 63 of them after receiving a tip that the paintings were frauds.
Saturday’s auction didn’t mark the first time Hitler bombed as an artist. He attempted to enroll in the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1907 and 1908, but failed the entrance exam both times.

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