It’s 2002, and a professional critic is casting their eye over a series of historic paintings. Almost 60 years previously, the artist who created them ended his life in a bunker beneath Berlin. But all these decades later, the artistic works of Adolf Hitler have remained a source of great interest. But what does this expert really make of them?
Today, Hitler is remembered as the architect of the Second World War – the bloodiest conflict that our planet has ever seen. But when he was a young man, he also nurtured a passion for art. In fact, he was once part of a burgeoning community of painters and radical thinkers who inhabited the bohemian city of Vienna, Austria.
Hitler’s body of work covers a diverse range of material. But today, his pieces are studied more for the infamy of their creator than for any artistic talent that they might display. So what happened when a modern critic was invited to analyze a sample – without knowing who was behind them?