London: A rare collection of early
artworks by Adolf Hitler, painted around 1908 when the Nazi
dictator was a struggling artist, are to go under the hammer
The selection of watercolours, which depict views
across the vast areas of farmland with a distant church spire
on the road, village scenes and rows of factories, could fetch
GBP 150,000 at the auction, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.
The paintings have come to light after they were
found within a large estate in Austria's north by an unnamed
lawyer who bought the property.
Richard Westwood-Brookes of Mullocks Auctions said
the Fuhrer would paint night landscapes for tourists to try
and earn a living. "His daily activity was to go out and paint
-- he was penniless," he said.
He added: "He tried to get into an academy in
Vienna to pursue a career as a professional artist but had two
applications turned down.
"He simply wasn't good enough, particularly when
drawing people the perspective was all wrong. There's been a
lot of research done into the rejections and some labelled it
as a turning point in history.
"If he'd been given a place in the academy the most
we'd ever heard of Adolf Hitler would have been that he was
a routine artist painting some nice landscapes. Researchers
believe because he was rejected, it could have turned his mind
into deep resentment and eventually into monster he became."
The auction will take place at Ludlow Racecourse,
Shrops, on September 30.
First Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 09:14