How surprised were you to find out Hitler was a realist artist?
Was Hitler was a realist artist?
1. How surprised were you to find out Hitler was a realist artist? How do you feel about his art: do you consider it “good”?
2. How did the control of images, and types of images promoted by Hitler, help him achieve such a dedicated following? How do you think those types of images contributed to what would eventually become the Holocaust?
3. Now, relate this to our contemporary times. Could we, as a modern, free society, be likewise seduced into believing or supporting a similar horrific ideology, simply from the types of images and messages we are exposed to in modern media?Could history repeat itself? Share an example to support your point of view.
(Link 2) -http://bigthink.com/Picture-This/hans-thoma-hitlers-favorite-artist
Review how Hitler viewed abstract art in particular, created by Jews (as well as non-Jew, “fringe” populations, as defined by the Aryan ideal). Compare the abstract works against the idealized realism from Hitler’s propaganda posters.