Lou Hirshman

“Adolf Hitler” – 1937

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Often Hirshman not only found the forms to flesh out his figures, sometimes the function of those forms were the figures themselves. His 1937 pre-war caricature of Adolf Hitler, more than a year before the Fueher would annex Austria, was a short story in shapes, authored by the Jewish artist – Hitler’s beloved Nazi leather gloves, mimicking a sweep of his hair and a reference to the Gestapo; a house painter’s brush mocking Hitler’s lack of aptitude as a second-rate artist; a hot water bottle of hot-headedness; and a brown shirt shovel of shit scooped up on a dirty street of cobblestones.

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