Subversive Paintings Depicting a Masturbating Adolf Hitler
22 oktober 2021 
18 min. read

Subversive Paintings Depicting a Masturbating Adolf Hitler

The most infamous and reviled figure of the 20th century is without a doubt the German dictator Adolf Hitler (1889-1945). Full bookshelves have been written about this enigmatic tyrant and also in the visual arts, he remains a source of inspiration.  There’s even a website called Cats that look like Hitler

Onanistic Point of View

Knowing that there are such micro niches around him as a subject, I wondered to what extent he is depicted in art from an onanistic (masturbation) point of view. I found the following intriguing examples…

Blalla W. Hallmann Hitler

Fig.1. ‘Die Mystige Hochzeit - Dolfis Verklärung (Mystical weddings: the transfiguration of Dolfs)‘ (1991) by Blalla W. Hallmann

Pooping in a Helmet

This first painting (middle panel of a triptych) by the German artist Wolfgang Hallmann, known as Blalla (1941-1997), features Hitler, a halo surrounding his head, standing on the nude buttocks of a squatting female pooping in a helmet. He is accompanied by a young kneeling bridesmaid. On the left and right pedestal beneath them, two 1940s starlets wearing gowns with sleeves. 

Blalla W. Hallmann Hitler excrement

Fig.1a. Detail of Hitler, bridesmaid, and pooping woman

Apprenticeship

Blalla was a painter and graphic artist , academically trained at the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf (1957/58). After which he finished an apprenticeship as a painter in Emsdetten (1958-60), and finally studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg under Professor for free graphics and painting Fritz Griebel.

Mental Breakdown

.A traumatic childhood (at the end of World War II his family was expelled from their birthplace and placed in a refugee camp where Blallal would spend his entire childhood) contributed to his pessimistic view of human nature. He abhorred the Western hypocrisy of capitalism. In his opinion, this was especially true of America where he lived between 1967 and 1969 (San Francisco) and suffered a mental breakdown. 

Blalla W. Hallmann masturbating Hitler

Fig.2. ‘Der Pop-Star (The Pop-Star)‘ (1991) by Blalla W. Hallmann

The Pop Star

Der Pop-Star (The Pop-Star)‘ is the title of the third panel of Blalla's triptych (Fig.2) that depicts Hitler standing on the pedestal of a cross with the rubble beneath him. He's ejaculating on the nude, desperate females climbing towards him. On the left his beloved four-legged friend Blondi..

Blalla W. Hallmann ejaculating Hitler

Fig.2a. Detail of Hitler

Blalla W. Hallmann nudes with seamen on their backs

Fig.2b. Detail of the nudes covered in seamen

Pissing Hitler

Visual symbols taken from among others American culture, Catholicism, and the Third Reich, form the link to the pungent, intuitive humor, and moral outrage present in all his work. Here the world is filled with shit and cum, where the enslaving capitalist clash of consumption and production is diminished to its most vulgar human equivalent. A striking example of this is Uncle Wolf does magic (1991) in which we see Hitler, standing upon a pile of corpses while pissing over a group of German toddlers giving the Nazi salute (Fig.3). Blalla’s repeated use of forced perspective, vivid cartoon color and black grounds, give his work a fierceness and clarity.

peeing Hitler Balalla Hallmann

Fig.3. ‘Onkel Wolf zaubert (Uncle Wolf does magic)‘ (1991) by Blalla Hallmann

blalla Hallmann Aus der Tiefe des Raumes, in der Stille der Nacht - Moonlight-Serenade, 1991

Fig.4. ‘Aus der Tiefe des Raumes, in der Stille der Nacht – Moonlight-Serenade‘ (1991)

Capitalist Pig

A kneeling Hitler penetrates the capitalist pig (America) from behind (Fig.4). In the background a corpulent woman with a miter on her head (a clear reference to the Catholic Church), who simultaneously holds one of her breasts and pulls her belly up, thus exposing her vagina. Behind her a long railing consisting of countless crucified Christs. The hungry piglets sucking the big sow represent the institutions that feed from capitalism. The above text is the Gospel of Mark and reads Du bist mein lieber Sohn an dem ich Wohlgefallen habe ! (This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased !).

blalla hallmann art Hitler

Fig.5. ‘Ihr schönster Tag‘ (1991) by Blalla Hallmann

Most Controversial

Ihr schönster Tag (1991) is probably the most controversial one (Fig.5). Standing in a field of dandelion in bloom, Hitler is bringing the Nazi salute while a young girl performs fellatio on him.  It was also for the cover artwork for an EP of a single from a German band called Hitler (Fig.5a). 

Fig.5a. Cover of the 7″ EP of the song ‘The Best Day In Her Life‘ by Hitler ‎

 hitler alla tkachukFig.6. Painting of a naked Hitler from a series of paintings entitled ‘The 20th Century Dictators‘ (2002-2007) by Alla Tkachuk (SaatchiArt)

Zombi

Hitler as a zombie-like figure walking towards us (Fig.6). For this series of paintings the Ukrainian born British artist Alla Tkachuk (1967) explores the images of the nude dictators Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Mao Zedong and Stalin. She places them in a contemporary context that goes beyond the historical and narrative analysis. The series was displayed at Crone Gallery in Berlin in 2007.

alla tkachuk siamese twins Stalin/Hitler double portrait

Fig.7. ‘Siamese Twins Stalin/ Hitler double portrait‘ from a series of paintings entitled ‘The 20th Century Dictators‘ (2002-2007) by Alla Tkachuk (SaatchiArt)

Queer-like

Hitler sitting on the lap of the Soviet dictatorJoseph Stalin. Tkachuk portrays them as queer-like characters both with naked lower bodies.

masturbating Hitler Salvador Dali

Fig.8. Watercolor depicting ‘Hitler masturbating (original title ‘Hitler Masturbándose‘) (1973) by Salvador Dali (Historia-arte.com)

Dali’s Fascination For Hitler

Lenin and Hitler greatly fascinated the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali (1904-1989). Hitler even more than Lenin. His plump back, especially when he saw him appear in his belted uniform and his leather baldric that pressed against his flesh, elicited in him a delicious taste thrill of oral origin that led him to a Wagnerian ecstasy. He often dreamed of Hitler as if he were a woman. His flesh, which I imagined to be very white, seduced me. (…) Hitler embodied for me the perfect image of the great masochist who unleashed a World War for the sole pleasure of losing it and burying himself under the ruins of an empire..

Supervillain

No one could better define the Führer than his great admirer Salvador Dalí, fascinated more by Hitler’s enormous figure as a pop icon than by his political ideas (or perhaps only seeking to provoke). He was obsessed by his category of monster, of supervillain, which the painter considered the culmination of the sexuality associated with authoritarian figures.

Fondness for Masturbation

Dalí and Hitler also had one thing in common (in addition to their colorful mustaches): their unbridled fondness for masturbation. While the Cadaqués painter relieved himself up to four times a day – according to him – in front of a mirror, it is known (or rather it is rumored because of the secrecy with which Adolf always led his sexual life) that the dictator practiced a similar, bizarre sexual fetishism.

Ended Up Headless

Of the few people who were able to see the tyrant “in action” (6 women are known), two of them committed suicide, another two attempted it and another, Eva Braun, also ended up headless in Adolf’s bunker at the end of the war. The statistics are illuminating.

Masturbation As a Source

We don’t know if Adolf did, but Dalí of course used masturbation as a source of inspiration. Thanks to these fantasies, he was able to paint innumerable pictures inspired by the images that came to his mind while “taking justice into his own hands”, plundered directly from the subconscious, from unfiltered unreason.

Hitler Maturbating

Dalí had already painted pictures inspired by the figure of Hitler, but never reached such an extreme and explicit point as in this “Hitler masturbating”, in which he unleashes his delusional sexual desire by showing a self-destructive and masochistic dictator, ashamed for what he is doing. His face is barely visible, but the bracelet with his swastika stands out very well. Sitting in a sleigh pulled by four ponies, he is in a strange and cold setting, perhaps some Nordic country.

The Enigma of Hitler Salvador Dali

Fig.9. ‘Dangerous honesty: The Enigma of Hitler‘ (1939) by Salvador Dali

Dangerous Honesty

Dali depicted Hitler (directly and indirectly) in several of his paintings, the most famous of which is Dangerous honesty: The Enigma of Hitler (1939 - Fig.9). In the period of great political tension that preceded the Second World War, and especially during Munich, the telephone played an important role in the negotiations with Hitler. The title of this work, like Dali’s commentary, are direct allusions to the Munich conference held on September 29, 1938. The umbrella hanging over the branch refers to Neville Chamberlain, the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 to 1940, and on the plate surrounded by a few dry beans, is a picture of the Führer torn from a newspaper (Fig.9a).

Adolf Hitler Salvador Dali

Fig.9a. Close-up of Hitler’s portrait in ‘The Enigma of Hitler

Hitler Turned Me On

The grey desolation of this image is all the more poignant because Dalí was no political activist. He was, indeed, so reluctant to take sides that he got thrown out of the surrealist movement for confessing that he dreamed about the Nazi leader. “Hitler turned me on in the highest,” he later acknowledged. Yet precisely because he reflected the dark urges of his times with such dangerous honesty.

Well, this was the last stop on our anomalous journey through art history, Fascinating to see that you can end up at special places (discovered two interesting artists I wasn't familiar with yet) from a crazy starting point. Let us know if you enjoyed the ride or if you know of other striking examples in the comment box below...!!

Click HERE for Salvador Dali's pictorial metaphors of Freud's erotic dream Interpretations....!!

Sources: Blalla-Hallmann.de, Miguel Calvo Santos from historia-arte , allatkachuk.com, 


 

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Willem van B.
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Willem van B.

on 27 Oct 2021

Nice article about this Mr. Hitler.

Marijn Kruijff
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Marijn Kruijff

on 27 Oct 2021

Thanks Willem, I'm pleased you liked the article!

Darya
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Darya

on 28 Oct 2021

Thank you for the article. Never seen the "Hitler Masturbating" picture, however, I was keen on Dali's works. "Some Nordic country" is obviously Russia, and Hitler wearing these boots reminds here a Russian peasant in a snowy landscape. If Hitler embodied a perfect masochist for Dali, then he could indeed be masturbating on the death of his troops in "Siberia" in Dali's imagination. Dali was also captivated by the figure of the Snow Queen, as far as I know, and his Russian wife Gala (Elena Diakonova) was a woman of this kind for him.

Marijn
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Marijn

on 28 Oct 2021

Thanks Darya. Yes, I once read that a percentage of people that want to commit suicide actually want to kill someone else. It's therefore plausible that Hitler's adult life was one long suicide mission. Yes, Dali illustrated the Fairy Tales (including The Snow Queen) of Hans Christian Andersen.

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