Conquest for a German Empire

Apae Mohammed Charinda

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Introducing our latest addition to our collection, a powerful and thought-provoking painting depicting a historic moment in the world's history. The piece portrays the first German warship invading Africa, showcasing a defining moment in the start of imperialism and colonialism. The painting brings to light the beginning of a dark period that had a significant impact on the continent, leading to the exploitation and oppression of African people.

The painting features an intricate composition that captures the tension, chaos, and power dynamics of the situation. The German warship takes center stage, with its towering presence and imposing cannons that point ominously towards the land. The artist's skillful use of light and shadow creates a dramatic effect, enhancing the intensity of the scene. The piece also features several smaller boats that surround the warship, indicating a full-scale invasion.

The painting is rich in symbolism, revealing the complex power dynamics at play during the era. The German warship represents the rising power of the German Empire, fueled by imperialistic ambitions to expand its territories and resources. The African continent, on the other hand, represents the resource-rich land, ripe for exploitation and colonization. The canons and guns on the warship represent the firepower and military might of the colonizers, ready to subjugate the local population.

The painting is a poignant reminder of the dark history of colonialism and the devastating impact it had on the African continent. The piece serves as a powerful critique of imperialism and colonization, highlighting the destructive nature of these systems. The painting invites the viewer to reflect on the legacy of colonialism and to question the continued impact it has on contemporary society.

The "Scramble for Africa" was a period of intense competition between European powers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during which many African territories were colonized and exploited for their natural resources. Germany, which had only been unified as a country in 1871, was a relatively late entrant to the scramble, but it quickly established a foothold in several African regions.

Germany's first colony in Africa was Togo, which it acquired in 1884. Over the next few years, Germany also claimed territories in Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, and Rwanda-Burundi. The German government and private companies invested heavily in these colonies, building infrastructure, developing plantations, and extracting resources such as diamonds, gold, and rubber.

However, Germany's ambitions for a larger African empire were cut short by World War I. In 1914, British and French forces launched a coordinated attack on German colonies in Africa, and within a few years, Germany had lost all of its African territories. After the war, the territories were divided between the victors, and Germany's former colonies were placed under the control of the League of Nations as "mandates" to be administered by other countries.

Germany's brief conquest of African territories had lasting impacts on the continent. The colonization and exploitation of African lands and resources by European powers led to widespread economic, political, and social disruption, and many of these legacies continue to be felt today.

The artist's use of color is also noteworthy, with muted tones and earthy hues that create a sense of melancholy and nostalgia. The subdued colors contrast with the violent and chaotic scene depicted in the painting, creating a sense of dissonance and unease. 

In summary, the painting is a powerful and thought-provoking piece that captures a defining moment in history. The piece serves as a reminder of the dark legacy of colonialism and imperialism and invites the viewer to reflect on the continued impact these systems have on contemporary society. The artist's skillful use of composition, symbolism, color, and texture creates a piece that is both visually striking and intellectually stimulating. It is a valuable addition to any collection and a must-see for anyone interested in art, history, or social justice.


Medium: Painting : oil, acrylic, ink
Themes: Handmade African Art
Support: Canvas
Type: Unique work
Framing: Not framed
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Handcrafted in Tanzania
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Size Guide

Centimeters (CM)

Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

50CM x 50CM

19 11/16 in X 19 11/16 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM x 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM x 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM x 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM x 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in