Saturday, November 21, 2009

Austin Osman Spare... Self Portrait....



¥ Austin Osman Spare ¥

'Self as Hitler'


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In 1936 an official at the German Embassy in London bought a self-portrait by Spare because it bore a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler. The Fuhrer saw it and agreed and proceeded to invite Spare to Berlin to paint his portrait. Spare refused, replying
"Only from negations can I wholesomely conceive you. For I know of no courage sufficient to stomach your aspirations and ultimates. If you are superman, let me be for ever animal".




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1 comment:

  1. I always wondered about this painting but never got to see it.

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