Before putting his hand to the executive order that lead to millions of innocent individuals being killed, nearly destroying the Western world as we know it, Adolf Hitler was an upcoming (re: unsuccessful) artist. He actually applied to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, only to be turned down not once but twice due to his “unfitness for painting” – it’s not hard to see why.
It’s hard to believe that before he instigated the rise of Nazi Germany and appointed himself Supreme Ruler Of The Reich, he was actually painting flowers, buildings and monuments. Ironically enough, it was those very scenes and landscapes which were ultimately laid to waste by his future actions.
These artworks provide an eerie glimpse into the mind of one of the most evil and dictatorial individuals in modern history, even amongst colourful scenic landscapes are images of German tanks from WW1 littering a barren wasteland, still smouldering.
A hint perhaps of self-doubt or maybe brazen reminder to avoid ‘the mistakes’ of the past and transform Germany into an ambitious, destructive and uncompromising superpower?