Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Heads or Tails #3 (Hobby)

Technically, painting wasn't Adolf Hitler's hobby; it was, at one time, his ambition as a career.

Hitler applied to the Vienna School of Fine Arts in 1907. The linked article notes that young Hitler showed some talent for drawing buildings but his "drawings showed a lack of talent for artistic painting, notably a lack of appreciation of the human form." Of course, he also had a notable lack of appreciation for humanity.

I suppose all this is well known.

It was certainly known to Winston Churchill, who nevertheless derided Hitler as an "Austrian house painter."

Churchill was also a painter, taking up painting during World War I after being dismissed as First Lord of the Admiralty.

Churchill favored landscapes in his paintings. In fact, Churchill's painting of his home at Chartwell sold last month for £1,000,000.

Surely Churchill's eloquence and fame as a war leader has enhanced the value of his paintings, but the Wikipedia biography of Churchill notes, "In 1921, Winston Churchill's artwork was exhibited at the prestigious Galerie Druet in the Rue Royale, under the pseudonym Charles Morin."

And Churchill wrote about painting, too. (Churchill wrote about nearly everything.)

His book, "Painting as a Pastime" can be found on Amazon "from $2.97" -- but according to this site a signed first edition of that same book will set you back around $7,500.

Now that's some hobby.

11 comments:

Skittles said...

No talk of scrapbooking or crocheting here!

What an interesting post. I knew about Hitler.. but not about Churchill. I think if I were to buy his book it would be from Amazon. :)

Rambler said...

yeah really interesting post...

Mama Pajama said...

Very interesting! I didn't know any of that.

Thanks for the comment on my site...that was funny about how the picture albums start to disappear with each additional child....did my little brother even exist??

Shelby said...

Things I did not know.

JaniceNW said...

Way Cool! You made it about history, one of my favorite subjects. I'm big into Holocaust and WW2Germany. Great idea!

tegdirb92 said...

what a great post!! I knew some of this stuff because my hubby is big into WWII history and art history. Excellent

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I knew Chuchchill was an artist. He was also a bricklayer. Laying bricks was a way to pass the time.

Ben & Bennie said...

It just goes to show that Germans should stick to printmaking and the rest of us can do originals. So throw a bratwurst at me during Oktoberfest. Just don't waste a good German beer.

meeyauw said...

I love posts like this. You have made connections and connections and its so good. I knew churchill painted but never saw one (altho i had seen one of hitler's in a book somewhere); I really really like it. Love your style and sense of humor.

Skittles said...

I have something for you on my blog. I made up an award and you are one of its first recipients. :)

Patti said...

This was an interesting post. Never knew these facts.

Thanks, Mr. Curmy. :-)