Monday, February 15, 2010

متى إستعبدتم الناس وقد ولدتهم أمهاتهم أحرارا

"The Barge Hawlers" is my favourite painting by Ilya Repin, the 19th century Russian painter. There is something about the struggle of these men, how they are toiling, which really strikes a chord within me. Notice the young man who is the only person looking upwards, and also in the far corner, the steamboat chugging in the opposite direction. Some people see that and might think they are better than those men, I see myself as pulling with them...

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