Through African Eyes: The European in African Art,
1500–Present



Colonizers: In the late 1800s representatives from 12 European countries divided Africa into colonies and established themselves as masters. Works here reveal how African artists expressed their attitudes toward colonizers—from resistance to alignment.

Between the 1950s and 1960s, as Africa’s boundaries were redrawn and independent nations appeared, artists created works of art reflecting upon the era of colonization with feelings that ranged from deeply critical to nostalgic.

This image of Queen Victoria depicts the monarch wearing a crown, veil, and long veil, while holding a fan in her hand. It acknowledges the far-reaching influence of the queen in Africa as an icon of British imperialism.



Yoruba culture, Ijebu, Nigeria, Queen Victoria Figure, collected prior to 1921. Wood. Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust, X65.9049.
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