We all hide a past that mostly has nothing to do with who we are today. Sometimes, in our youth, when our character traits and personality are being formed, we walk through paths that hardly resemble the course that the future departs for us. In 1909 a Young man who seeked a dream moved to Viena, capital of Austria and city which sheltered the famous Art Academy.
Its name, at the time unknown, would be one of the most remarkable in the XX Century. It dealt with the future German Chancelor Adolf Hitler, who dictated the destiny of millions in the biggest conflict of the XX Century.
During one year he wandered the streets of Viena living in shelters and reading propaganda and tabloids with anti-semitic ideas and as well as any other frustrated artist, denied a full-time job in detriment of occasional jobs, so in that way he could dedicate himself also to the sale of his pieces. His conviction was elevated, and during this period, he copied scenes from illustrated postcards to fabric (there is evidence that he produced almost 2000 pieces), selling them mostly to tourists. After the second denial of admission to the academy, without money, Hitler disappeared gradually, the artist, and in 1934 Hitler rised, the lord of war.
The pieces which reached the highest value were two paintings finished in 1911 and 1914, whose auction occurred in 1999 rendered nearly 130.000 dollars. It would be fair to say that this value was reached not by the features of the paintings, but by the name and figure which Hitler interpreted in history. The question will remain forever in the air: and if he would have been admitted in the Academy? Would have the story of the 20th Century been any different? The time bitterness, frustration and revolutionary literature contributed to the raising of that creature which mostly marked the history of last century? I think we will never obtain those answers but, at least, we can observe some of Adolf Hitler's paintings.
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