ORIGINAL ADOLF HITLER WATERCOLOR

Unterstand in Fournes, 1915

item # F - 402L

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ORIGINAL ADOLF HITLER WATERCOLOR

Unterstand in Fournes, 1915

Adolf Hitler. "Unterstand in Fournes, 1915."  Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper. One of Hitler's most well-known images, it depicts his base of operations as a messenger during the Great War. Leaning on the requisitioned farm building is Hitler's bicycle--as he explained later. This piece shows Hitler's best artistic talent--and perhaps that is why it is so often used to teach people that Hitler was an artist before he was a politician: his ability to render structures accurately and with a minimum amount of overworking. The drawn lines are bold and confident. The coloring seems less controlled and obviously was less significant to the artist than his sense of structure and place. This building is firmly rooted to its foundation, the land. It is solid, even impressive when compared to the other structure paintings of the same period where ruins seem to dominate. The bicycle is at one with its surroundings, yet it was this machine that Hitler used to deliver rear guard messages to front line troop commanders--one of the riskiest tasks any soldier could perform. Note that the other objects in the farmyard are not easily recognizable: logs, lumber, some oddly shaped implements of unknown use leaning on the walls, a pile of hay or manure and a good deal of indiscernible and ambiguous bric-a-brac. But there is no question that that is a bicycle and this may be Hitler's only "signature" on the front of this painting! It is signed and labeled/dated on the verso, but this painting, made by Hitler for himself only, needs no further indication that the messenger resides here. Hitler spent much of his political career convincing the population that he was, indeed, a "messenger," one that needs no name other than "Fuehrer." 8.9" x 11.8", this painting speaks volumes about its creator. Justifiably reproduced in the Hoffmann "Adolf Hitler/ Aquarelle" portfolio, it is believed that there are 2 versions of this painting. One would have little doubt why Hitler would see this as one of his finest pieces--not for sale for a few RMs to Viennese tourists--but as an inner revelation of a man with an world-changing message.

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