Voir Hitler en peinture

Translated title of the contribution: On seeing a painting of Hitler

Manu Braganca

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    Voir Hitler en peinture / On Seeing a painting of Hitler
    The article “Voir Hitler en peinture” (literally “On Seeing a painting of Hitler”) focuses on a painting by Oliver Jeffers entitled “Ginger Hitler”. This article suggests that, whatever Jeffers’ intent and inspiration were, his painting “defamiliarizes” Hitler (V. Shklovsky) and forces us to look at him afresh. For decades, Hitler has been demonised and dehumanised; yet, however unsettling this may be, he was human. As Professor Richard Evans, a leading expert in the history of Nazism, put it recently: “Viewing Hitler as a human being, which he undoubtedly was, is more challenging to our understanding, surely, than simply writing him off as a cartoon villain” (The Guardian, 30/04/2015).
    Translated title of the contributionOn seeing a painting of Hitler
    Original languageFrench
    Specialist publicationThe Conversation
    Publication statusPublished - 02 Nov 2015

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