ORIGINAL ADOLF HITLER WATERCOLOR

Fromelles

item # F - 402e

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ORIGINAL ADOLF HITLER WATERCOLOR

Fromelles

Adolf Hitler. "Fromelles." (Labelled by Hitler on the verso.) One of the many small towns that Hitler found himself occupying during the Great War, Fromelles was the scene of several important works by Hitler. This watercolor on paper shows his early exuberance with the medium of watercolor and also indicates an artist content in his place. The colors are cheerful, bold and perhaps the only missing piece is a human figure for scale, meaning or local color. As is commonly known, Hitler was uncomfortable with human figures in his works and it is obvious when he was painting for potential customers, he felt it imperative to put figures in his paintings even though they were awkwardly rendered. The WWI paintings are, for the most part, painted by him and for him. These works were to serve as mementos of his military sojourn: what you see is the happy Gefreiter on duty but also a curious and content tourist. Note the tack holes on the 4 corners, indicative of a windy day as the artist plied his craft. As is well-known, Hitler and Hoffmann chose seven paintings from this period to make a limited edition portfolio of Hitler's Great War paintings. There is little doubt that Hess (who owned several from this period) from the Landsberg days, kept them closely guarded. Apprx 10" x 14" A masterwork.

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