ORIGINAL ADOLF HITLER WATERCOLOR

Haubourdain 1916

item # F - 402i

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ORIGINAL ADOLF HITLER WATERCOLOR

Haubourdain 1916

Adolf Hitler. "Haubourdin, 1916." Watercolor and pencil on paper, on margarine box. A painting from Hitler's WWI days in the town of Haubourdin in the Nord Region of France. 1916 seems to be Hitler's most prolific and optimistic period during the Great War as many of his paintings, including the portfolio set of prints produced by Hoffmann, include colorful images of the town caught in the war zone. In the present painting, Hitler shows a soldier, rifle on shoulder, pickelhaube on head, talking to what appears to be townspeople although, as usual, it is difficult to define the figures in Hitler's paintings. At some point early in its life--likely in Hitler's barracks-- the painting was mounted on a cardboard sheet marked "Margarine."  10" x 13.5", this painting was one of the largest in the collection, showing Hitler's flat sky, a lack of "warm" light but a real sense of the art of watercolor and its ability to move on paper and create unexpected effects: in this case, a beautiful shadow on the roadway which shows no indication of having been "worked" by the artist--a common problem with non-professional watercolorists. Here is Hitler at his technical best capturing the atmosphere and quietude of a town between armies, as if in his own mind, there was nothing foreboding. Note, again, how the structures seem to grow out of the land they sit on. An amazing work.

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