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The lost watercolor of Hitler that nobody wants to buy

A view of the new tower in Vienna, painted by the Führer, has been donated to the Dutch Institute for the Investigation of the war, the Holocaust and the genocide for lack of reception in the auction houses

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The lost watercolor of Hitler that nobody wants to buy

A simple watercolor can also become a historical document if author is called Adolf Hitler. This is case of a street view of new tower, in city of Vienna, painted between 1908 and 1913 by Führer, and recently presented in public by Dutch Institute for Investigation of war, Holocaust and Genocide (NIOD , at its Dutch acronym). His mistress was a woman who prefers to remain anonymous, and to whom drawing "burned in hands". He inherited it from his far, and when he saw that no auction house wanted it, he decided to donate it. It is only work signed by Hitler preserved in Holland, and NIOD is willing to cede it if any museum mounts a sample on Second World War.

The far of donor bought it "a long time ago," for 75 cents of Florin in a market of stamps and coins, according to institute. When he got home, he repaired rubric "and in its value and historical load, so he kept it scared," adds center. Given existence in Hitler's fake works market, NIOD's experts have done a thorough study to be sure of ir provenance. Apart from firm, A. Hitler, y analyzed glued seals, cardboard of watercolor and antiquity of paper. They were auntic and of period marked, first decade of 1900. "All information collected leads to same author, Hitler." "Nothing makes us think it's not yours," says NIOD.

Hitler wanted to be a painter and his production sums up hundreds of water and postcards, but he did not get into Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He suspended test on two occasions, and one of examiners suggested that he be inclined for architectural design. He put a lot of emphasis on detail of streets and buildings, and watercolor now shown is a good example.

The new Viennese tower is flanked by two buildings and a fairly successful perspective. He liked to show technical skill, but also to capture landscapes where he recreated nature with same precision. In 1914, at beginning of First World War, Hitler was 25 years old and painted even in front. After Second World War, most of his works were seized by American army, but ors ended up in hands of private collectors and public auctions. Hence historian Frank van Vree, director of NIOD, has thanked donation, "to avoid ending up in a sale of objects from Nazi era, when it comes to a historical document."

Or works

In 2015, 14 watercolors attributed to Hitler were awarded by Weidler House of Art, in Nuremberg, in south of Germany, for almost 400,000 euros. They included Bavarian castle of Neuschwanstein, open to public in 1886, after death of King Louis II of Bavaria, nicknamed Crazy King. Also several views of Vienna and a female nude. In bid re were collectors from China, France, Brazil, Germany and United Arab Emirates (USA). In 2014, an amateur from Middle East paid 130,000 euros for a watercolor showing old City Hall of Nuremberg. Two years earlier, in Slovakia, a maritime night scenery went to auction for 32,000 euros.

Despite controversy that usually surrounds se sales, German legislation does not prevent m whenever Nazi symbols are not represented in pieces. The Museum of World War II, in American city of Natick (west of Boston, Massachusetts), possesses personal objects of Hitler, like his spectacles and his first sketch of Nazi flag, in addition to several paintings.

The Art of Power (Nazi)

His worth as a painter would not have earned Adolf Hitler's posterity (1889-1945). He continued painting until outbreak of World War II, but he himself explained in Mein Kampf, "My Struggle," that rejection of Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna ruined his dreams. His passion for geometry led to a design that did pass into collective memory: The Nazi flag, chosen from proposals made by his collaborators and including a swastika. According to Holocaust Museum (USA), "The swastika was already used 5,000 years before Hitler and means" good luck. "" In year 2002, conservative Deborah Rothschild of American Williams College Museum of Art of Williamstown (Massachusetts) told New Yorker that Hitler "used artistic tools, such as an elegant design, hypnotic oratory and "Spectacle, to seize power and exert it."


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