Artist Paints Angelina Jolie Nude Mastectomy Portait

By: Amanda Crum - May 25, 2013

Swedish artist Johan Andersson found inspiration in Angelina Jolie’s recent admission that she’d had a preventative double mastectomy after finding out she carries a gene that makes breast cancer highly likely.

Andersson created what is now a highly-controversial portrait of Jolie which depicts her topless after the surgery. He says that having something in common with the actress/ambassador led him to the oil painting.

“My mother had aggressive breast cancer when I was 15, the thought of her having to have a mastectomy really scared me and she was fortunate enough to have surgery without the mastectomy. The recent news about Angelina stirred an anxiety within me leading me to paint this portrait, There is an underlying awkwardness in her demeanour in juxtaposition to the natural beauty of her face.”

Jolie announced earlier this month that she’d secretly undergone the operation after watching her mother suffer through breast cancer, to which she ultimately succumbed.

“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56,” Jolie wrote in a New York Times piece.. “She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was. They have asked if the same could happen to me.”

Andersson’s painting is expected to fetch over $20,000 at auction and proceeds will go to the Falling Whistles campaign, a charity Jolie supports for peace in the Congo.


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  • http://yahoo Linda W

    I don’t know what to think about all of this art that’s been on here lately with her. Before the news broke about her surgery. A painting had slipped thru with her and a horse. She was nude and the horse was licking her chest. Her head was leaning back like she was enjoying it. In that painting her hair was long, it said she was young, but it looked like a older Jolie,than all of a sudden it was gone, and we heard of the surgery. Now this. It’s all weird. But they’ll do good with the money. This one here should be a personal thing, not a look at me with no breast. I’m not impressed.

    • Greg

      Are you so completely naive to think that she posed for this or
      had anything to do with it?

  • Warren Maxwell

    That painting does NOT accurately reflect Miss Jolie, post op! Had she commisioned ME to execute the painting, I would have had her sit sans makeup, hair pulled back in a severe bun, and I would have done the preliminary sketches when she was bone tired. I would have painted every detail of the now flat, and every red, angry looking scarred chest. Yes! It would have been my masterpiece! But no – she chooses rather to pose for this…this amateurish puff piece!

  • Jay

    I think it’s karma smacking the slut in the face! I think she got what she deserves ~