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Monday, October 02, 2006
 
"You're better than Hitler," I told a friend of mine recently.

She was showing me her watercolours at the time, and this Times article about an auction of Hitler's paintings was open on the table. Here's a quote from the article:

Frank van Leemput, a lawyer who travelled from Antwerp for the auction, said: "These paintings are truly awful. If they are from the hand of the monster they explain some of the frustration that led to him becoming what he did. He wanted to be a painter, but had no talent. The result was one of the occasions the Devil truly did show his face on Earth."
It's quite possible that Mr van Leemput's vehemence was prompted by either he himself or members of his family having suffered terrible things at the hands of the Nazis - but he is still wrong. Hitler's hands did the Devil's work all right, but when he was signing orders for mass extermination, not when he was painting these unaggressive little pictures.

Hitler the watercolourist wasn't bad, writes Ross Clark.
The fact is that Adolf Hitler's artistic career followed the same trajectory of those of tens of thousands of perfectly ordinary people who have failed at the easel, and gives us absolutely no explanation for his subsequent deeds.
Is there some doubt about the evil of these deeds, such that a makeweight insult is needed to tip the scale downwards? I don't think so.