Adolph Hitler did
not plan a career in politics when he moved to Vienna in 1908.
His great dream at that time was to devote his life to art...either
as a painter, a theatrical designer or an architect. Prior
to his move to Vienna he was a provincial German national.
But Vienna was not a good match for Hitler. A sophisticated
city of mainly upper-class Jewish families, with its coffee
houses, cafes, painters such as Klimt
composers such as
Mahler, the architecture of Otto
Wagner, the psychiatry of
Sigmund Freud and many progressive social programs, Vienna
took no notice of the unimaginatively artistic and socially
inept Adolph Hitler.
a chapter from his article on The Rise of Adolph Hitler,
in Vienna, Jeremy Noakes describes those years in Vienna
from 1908 until 1913. Unable to gain a place in the art school
(his application was rejected twice) Hitler was forced to
live in hostels and, too frail for most manual labor jobs,
subsisted on the small amount of money he made hawking his
paintings of famous sites. Vienna is where Hitler first became
politically active. His bitterness at his rejection as an
artist and his feeling of being an outsider in the sophisticated
society of Vienna undoubtedly fueled his bitterness and paved
the way for his hatred of both the modern art and the Jewish
community that had been oblivious to both his work and himself.
other Hitler paintings, go to:
is a blend of fact and fiction that provides a chilling examination
of Hitler's disastrous attempt to become an artist...a failure
that was to cost the rest of the world dearly.
Williams College Museum of Art: Prelude to a Nightmare
York Times article on siezed Hitler paintings
black & white photos of Vienna
color photos of Vienna
An excerpt from Mein Kampf referring to Hitler's period in
Hitler an anti-Semite prior to his move to Vienna? There are
two schools of thought on this question. Try to locate information
for either argument.