Before Adolf Hitler became the leader of the Nazi Party, he wanted to become an artist

From 1905, Hitler lived a bohemian life in Vienna, financed by orphan’s benefits and support from his mother. He worked as a casual labourer and eventually as a painter, selling watercolours. The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna rejected him twice, in 1907 and 1908, because of his “unfitness for painting”. The director recommended that Hitler study architecture, but he lacked the academic credentials. On 21 December 1907, his mother died aged 47. After the Academy’s second rejection, Hitler ran out of money.

Few years later came World War I, afterwards Hitler entered politics and you probably know the rest of the story…

Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany (as Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. He was at the centre of the founding of Nazism, World War II, and the Holocaust.

Painting by Adolf Hitler

A 100-year-old watercolour of Munich’s old city hall is being auctioned off this weekend, and is expected to sell for ten times more than its starting price

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