“Die Neue Sturmabteilung (The New Stormtroopers)”
12″ x 9″ (30.48 x 22.86 cm) ink and watercolor painting
UPDATE: Original is on display and for purchase at the You Can’t Quarantine Creativity exhibit, Marjorie Evans Gallery at Sunset Cultural Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California October 5 – December 1, 2020.
Temporarily setting aside my author portrait series for a more immediate and timely new composition, I combined a graphic cartooning style with watercolor for this mash-up referencing a Weimar era Nazi brownshirt recruiting poster with some all-too-contemporary cosplaying wannabees, some of whom Trump thinks “are very fine people”.
The SA was the paramilitary militia for the Nazi party. They were civilians with absolutely no legitimate official function. Recruited from disgruntled WWI vets and poor working class, they functioned as security for Nazi rallies and as thugs to intimidate Jews and opponents of the Nazis. Colloquially referred to as “brownshirts” as they wore easily available and cheap surplus homeguard uniforms. In exchange for support from the German military and to destroy his rivals in the SA, Hitler had his elite SS murder the SA leadership in the “Night of the Long Knives” blood purge. The SA units that remained loyal to Hitler were downsized, used as local thugs or simply absorbed into the military.
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