Your art is ÜBER, Goober!

April 16, 2009

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…”

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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

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Mr Bob,Vlads fondue forks? How did I miss that auction?Did they come with that set of impaling stakes, or were they sold separately?

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

Blog Guy,I’m very sorry, but my highly trained and experienced eye has caught a slight flaw in this plan.Either:A) The paintings were actually by some unknown guy by the name of A. HitPer, orB)It really was Adolf Hitler, who didn’t know how to spell his own name – even after he changed it from Adolf Schickelgruber because that was REALLY too hard to spell and it would have taken up too much room on his canvas.It is a little-known fact that this is the exact reason he changed his name because he couldn’t paint small pictures.

Posted by MikeVa | Report as abusive

Welllll, SOMEone’s a big Hitler fan…

Hey! Hitler’s funny!

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

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