News, but not the serious kind
Your art is ÜBER, Goober!
Today, I’m wondering what the frick paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler are doing on the auction block.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think art can only be good if the artist passes some morality test, but this strikes me as being absurd beyond belief. Sadly, I sat by in silence when they auctioned stuff like:
- Pol Pot’s Hummel figurines
- Vlad the Impaler’s fondue forks
- A Barbie coloring book badly filled in by Idi Amin
- Caligula’s baseball mitt
- Patio furniture hand-crafted by Stalin
But this Hitler thing is just too much. I mean, where does a conversation go after…
“Hey, that’s a real nice painting over your sofa there, Herb.”
“Thanks. Yeah, it’s an original Hitler. He only painted early in life, because then I think he went on to do other stuff…”
Above: Signature detail is seen in Birtley, Shropshire, western England, April 15, 2009. A selection of paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler will be auctioned by Mullock’s auctioneers on April 23 at Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire.
Below: Paintings attributed to Hitler.
REUTERS photos by Stephen Hird