“Musician by Old Town Well” (c. 1910–1912)
The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna rejected Hitler twice, once in 1907 and then again in 1908. Both times, his work was deemed not good enough. An instructor at the school suggested that perhaps architecture was more in line with Hitler’s talents. But since that would have meant going back to school, which Hitler hated, he (sadly for the rest of the world) declined the suggestion.
As you can see in these paintings, abandoned buildings and desolate architecture feature heavily in Hitler’s work, which is kind of ironic when you consider how many buildings would be destroyed at his command.