ORIGINAL 1916 ADOLF HITLER WATERCOLOR

Guard Duty at Haubourdain

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ORIGINAL 1916 ADOLF HITLER WATERCOLOR

Guard Duty at Haubourdain

Adolf Hitler.  "Guard Duty at Haubourdin, 1916." Watercolor and pastel on watercolor board. Signed lower right. Labeled/dated lower left. Hitler's anecdotes are filled with references to local farmhouses and other structures as troop quarters. This particular piece showing either himself or another soldier on guard duty at a farm in Haubourdin in the Nord region of France during his service in the German Army in The Great War. This painting shows all of Hitler's qualities as an artist: a sense of color, scope and the relationship of structures to landscapes anticipating the new view in architecture that buildings in nature should be at one with their surroundings. (This approach was made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright.) Here, the barn seems to literally grow out of the hilltop it is on, at one with nature but also a protective "nest" for soldiers that are strangers in a strange land. The sky is flat, the tone somber. A lone guard stands watch. One of the finest, if not the finest of Hitler's paintings produced during his tenure in service. 12.2" x 15.3"

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