Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake was a British poet, writer, painter and illustrator who is sadly little known today. He had an extraordinary output of materials in all these fields. One of the most incredible pieces of work that he did as a painter was a series that he did in 1940 for the Ministry of Information. He created the paintings in the style of the art of Adolf Hitler. He showed, using his own imagination, mutilated, raped or starving victims of war atrocities as he imagined Hitler might have drawn them before these became generally known. The British government backed off from using them as propaganda but the paintings were exhibited for the first time in 2011.

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