Afghanistan 5


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A group of employees from the Nationa Gallery came over for a lesson on portraiture, for which my friend kindly sat. Portraiture is interesting in Afghanistan because not so long ago the Taliban were destroying paintings in the National Gallery that portrayed animals or people – I saw the remnants of many such paintings . So portraiture is both an assertion of independence and an adventure in art.

TheNational gallery has so much potential. Right now there is no banner on the railings proclaiming to the public that they can come in, and you have to pass some pretty stern looking armed guards to get into the precinct. Not exactly welcoming. The result is hardly anyone visits. Still you have to look to the future, and there are plans…. Here are some of the portraits done in conte, pencil and charcoal. My effort is at the top of the post:

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The National Gallery

The National Gallery

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~ by noelgarner on October 24, 2009.

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