Living Corpse wrote:Didn't ruin my day per say but a sobering reminder of what we are all capable of. Found Adolf Hitler's art. He was a talented man, not amazing but not terrible either, pretty good. It's kind of sad that all that talent would be thrown away when he became a tyrant and caused so much suffering and death, allowing horrible men to get in power who have no business being in power.
Hitler became a monster, I am not arguing that. That is the biggest tragedy in this story, that he was human and caused so much death and suffering to his fellow man.
His paintings are too classical for my taste, and a bit lacking in substance beyond architectural and prosaic forms. They're mostly the kind of stuff you'd see in quaint calenders or on stamps. And his architectural designs slightly disturb me on account of his obsession with political structures. But there's no denying that he had an eye for the styles he enjoyed, and wasn't bad at what he painted.
While few people are capable of amassing the kind of influence he had, there will never be a short supply of neuroses, psychoses, delusions, self-blinding defenses, and other unfortunate scars and issues people have trouble dealing with. Among other artists, Matt Frank's great at drawing, but also rather petty, obsessive, and sensationalistic when he makes political statements. And as someone who befriended several talented sketch artists, painters, and even a couple animators on deviantart (before leaving that artless place entirely), I can say that few of them were all that healthy in the head, nice and fun as they were (one of them loved painting what I will only sum up as technically good but substantially repulsive hate crimes, and leave it at that). I guess many of us just live in a world that encourages unhealthy patterns of thought.