Omar Asprilla ‘1885’



Omar Asprilla
mixed media on canvas
60 inch x 72 inch

The painting “1885” is inspired by the Berlin Conference, a pivotal event in European history. Held in 1884-1885, the Berlin Conference formalized the Scramble for Africa, a period during which European powers divided and began exploiting the African continent. Initially, European interest in Africa was confined to coastal colonies. However, during the conference, thirteen European countries and the United States convened to establish rules for dividing Africa, resulting in the General Act of the Berlin Conference. This event marked the onset of extensive European colonization in Africa.

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