Hitler-Headed Serpent in Bombarded Landscape

  • Fred Campbell, Hitler-Headed Serpent in Bombarded Landscape, after 1939, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.148

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Fred Campbell probably painted this violent image towards the end of World War II. The serpent was a popular wartime symbol of Hitler, comparing him to Satan in the Garden of Eden (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990). Planes fly overhead, dropping bombs on the buildings, while a small figure stands on the winged serpent with a chain around Hitler’s neck. The identity of this barely clothed man remains a mystery, and it is difficult to tell whether he is controlling the dictator or torturing him.

Title
Hitler-Headed Serpent in Bombarded Landscape
Artist
Date
after 1939
On View
Dimensions
26 1/8 x 28 3/4 in. (66.5 x 72.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Fantasy – animal – snake
  • Architecture Exterior – ruins
  • Architecture – vehicle – airplane
  • Figure male – full length
  • State of being – evil – war
  • Landscape – imaginary
  • Portrait male – Hitler, Adolf – head
Object Number
1986.65.148
Palette
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