The art that Hitler deemed “degenerate”
The Victoria and Albert museum in London will publish the only surviving full inventory of “Entartete Kunst” – Degenerate Art – online this month (January 2014).
Artists on the list include Paul Klee and Franz Marc. His inclusion caused controversy from war veterans at the time because the artist had fought for Germany in the First World War, dying in 1916, as mentioned in an earlier post (link in new window).
The art was confiscated by the Nazi regime mainly between 1937 and 1938. Dr Zech said: “Anything that wasn’t straightforward and figurative, but abstract and so on, was likely to be confiscated.”
Thirteen paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler were put on sale at a British auction in April 2009 – sold for $140,000…
Hitler often claimed to be something of a frustrated artist, and art was certainly one of his major interests throughout his life. He probably sold several thousand paintings and postcards during his stay in Vienna, some of which turn up even today. Hitler himself made no great claims to greatness as a painter (architecture was something else….). There was a thriving market for his paintings during the Third Reich — and even today, there are eager collectors, as unbelievable as that may be.
Some have speculated that Hitler’s rejection from art college helped shape his character in later years and that it would have been a Jewish professor who had rejected his application to study at the academy.
Link to “Real history of Hitler’s art” in Washing Post here:
Of course, there are some stories that warn that art sold as Hitler’s might be fake…
However, history records are more sure of the fact that Hitler and the Nazis deemed out much of the abstract art that belong to the spiritual strain of modernism. A visit to Victoria and Albert Museum IRL or online could give some more insight.