I am having trouble finding dates associated with his paintings.

Is it known if he continued painting while he was the Führer? If so when was the last known painting created?

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There doesn't seem to be any evidence that Hitler continued painting after the early 1930s, and he seems to have painted very little after 1922. The bulk of his work was done before WWI. The latest painting I have found dates from 1931 (woman's head), but it is possible there were a few others done around the same time.

It seems unlikely that Hitler produced anything while he was fuhrer for the following reasons:

  1. He had a country, and later a war, to run. What 'free' time he had was mainly spent watching movies and reading (among other things, but no mention anywhere of painting). Considering that a fair amount has been written about Hitler's early 'career' as an artist, it would be strange if, when talking about Hitler's pastimes, painting would simply not be mentioned.

  2. Albert Speer, in his diaries, makes several references to Hitler making sketches related to plans for buildings etc from the mid 1920s until at least the mid 1930s, but he never mentions Hitler painting while fuhrer. This excerpt from Speer's diaries strongly indicates that he did no more than sketch and draw:

All his watercolors from the same time have this quality, and even the watercolors done while he was an orderly in the First World War lack distinctiveness. The transformation in Hitler's personality, the growth of self-assurance, came later. It is evident in the two pen sketches for the great hall in Berlin and for the triumphal arch, which he drew about 1925. Ten years later he would often sketch with a vigorous hand, using red and blue pencil, sometimes going over and over his drawing until he had forced his way through to the conception he had dimly in mind. Nevertheless he still thought well enough of the modest watercolors of his youth to give them away occasionally as a special distinction.

  1. Although Hitler's disappointment at being rejected by Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is evident, his main interest lay in architecture and there are many examples of him producing drawings, even during the war.

In August 1939 (just before the outbreak of war), Hitler told Neville Henderson, the British Ambassador,

I am an artist and not a politician. Once the Polish question is settled, I want to end my life as an artist.

Whether this can be seen as a genuine desire is doubtful. More likely, Hitler was trying to give the (misleading) impression that he would soon have plenty time for painting, not war.

Admittedly, the points made here are not conclusive, and lack of evidence (of painting) is not evidence in itself, but the circumstantial evidence is fairly strong. On the other hand, there can be little doubt that Hitler still sketched and drew after he came to power.

Other sources:

Enzo Colotti & Riccardo Mariani, 'The Water Colours of Hitler'

Martyn Housden, 'Hitler: Study of a Revolutionary'

Eugene Davidson, 'The Making of Adolf Hitler'

Albert Speer, 'Inside the Third Reich'



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