1930s Unknown Producer: Dark Hansel and Gretel with Hidden Cookies

Hand-painted on plywood. This is a typical example of German Wall Figures in dark times. No, this basic idea does not always work, but it works often enough to prove a valuable tool. My theory here: This wall figure was designed around the time of Hitler’s seizure of power so that earnest faces and dark colors do fit. Dark colors plus the alarming color red. Look at Gretel’s face: She seems to be thinking oft the bad signs of her time. She doesn’t even LOOK at the witch!

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