La civilisation immortalise l'oeuver du Congo (Civilization immortalizes the Congo enterprise)- This painting was completed by Xavier Mellery. On the plaque held by the woman it says “King Leopold II of Belgium."


  1. Who did the artist depict as the architect of the endeavor in the Congo?
  2. Describe the background of the picture and explain what you think it means or represents.
  3. What message might the painter have been trying to send by the broken chains on the bottom left?
  4. What does “Civilisation immortalises the Congo enterprise” mean to you?
  5. Use the painting to infer the painter’s political viewpoint(s).
  6. Recommend three changes to the painting that would more accurately convey the realities in the Congo.