Description Watercolor, 15 x 11; The Reichstag, the seat of the German parliament, is one of Berlin's most historic landmarks. The building is located next to the Brandenburg Gate.After the founding of the German Empire in 1871, there was a need for a large parliamentary building in Berlin. A competition was held and out of 183 submissions, a design by Paul Wallot was chosen. The German architect created an imposing neo-Renaissance building. Its design, and in particular the magnificent iron dome - at the time a technological masterpiece. The Reichstag played a significant part in Hitler's ascend to power. In February 1933 a fire broke out in the building, destroying much of the Reichstag. It is to date still unclear who started the fire, but a Dutch ex-communist, Marius van der Lubbe, was charged with the crime and sentenced to death after a show trial. The incident gave a boost to Hitler, at the time chancellor, who blamed the Communists. His party, the NSDAP, gained almost 44% of the votes during the following elections and he was able to pass an amendment that would give him absolute powers. The Reichstag building had now become a mere symbol of a powerless parliament. The building was not repaired and was damaged even more at the end of the Second World War, when Soviet troops entered Berlin. The picture of a Red Army Soldier raising the Soviet flag on the Reichstag is one of the most famous twentieth-century images and symbolized Germany's defeat.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.