Monday, December 7, 2009

Nelson Mandela

The painting I choose today was made by Peter Engels. The painting depicts Nelson Mandela with amazing detail.Nelson Mandela is one of the people I most admire.Nelson Mandela was the leader of the African National Congress armed wing Umkhonto We Sizwe( The spear of the nation).He was also an anti-apartheid activist convicted with charges of sabotage and other crimes committed while he led the movement against apartheid. Mandela was released on 11 February 1990 after spending 27 years in prison.He is responsible for the multi-racial democracy that South Africa lives on in present time.
What I most like in this painting is the colors, the simplicity and the realism. The use of really dark and really light colors create an amazing contrast in the painting. The simplicity and realism of the painting create an outstanding balance and harmony which makes the painting amazing, even though few colors are used.The message is one of Nelson Mandela, a leader who inspired hope, faith and resistance for the South Africans.

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