History might have taken a different turn if Hitler had been accepted into the prestigious Vienna Academy of Fine Arts after taking the two day entrance exam for the academy’s school of painting in October 1907 at the age of 18. Hitler had a driving ambition to be a great artist. Unfortunately, he was not admitted and, “Hitler was badly shaken by this rejection”.
Still with hopes of gaining entrance to the art Academy he moved to Vienna in 1908 and then endured many years of homelessness and misery on the streets of Vienna. He was repeatedly rejected by Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts. It was during this time in Vienna that he formulated many of his ideas on politics and race “which would have immense consequences in the future”.
Hitler was an artist. He produced hundreds of works and sold his paintings and postcards to try to earn a living during his Vienna years (1908–1913). Hitler painted over 2,000 works between about 1905 and 1920 as a struggling young artist.
“As a remarkably prolific artist, he is estimated to have created between 2000 and 3000 drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings. His artistic talent revealed itself at an early age and continued painting and drawing throughout his life.”