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Mr Brainwash's wall painting

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/02/2011
Cette page propose une photo d'une peinture murale de l'artiste Mr Brainwash, qui représente trois des grands noms du mouvement pour les droits civiques (Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Barack Obama). Ce document est accompagné de plusieurs exercices permettant une analyse de l'image.

On the walls of his LA studio, on South La Brea Avenue and Dockweiler Street


General description

1) What is the general subject of this artwork?

2) Who are the people you can see? Why are they together?

3) When was this artwork created? Explain how Obama's victory is related to the two other people in this artwork.



4) Who does the pronoun your refer to in the white text?

5) Who does the pronoun we refer to in the black text?

6) What play on words can you find in the black text on the side of the block?

7) What effect is produced by the repetition and accumulation of verbs?


Structure and colours

8) How can you relate the block's background colour to Black American history?

9) Find elements in the picture showing that Obama's victory is seen as a dream come true.

10) How do forms, layout, text and numbers contribute to focusing on Martin Luther King? How many instances of the number 3 can you spot in the artwork? What can this number symbolise? What message is conveyed through this symbolism?


Context and location

11) What does the choice of the support add to this artwork? How different the perception of the artwork would have been on a traditional canvas?

12) What does the construction cone add to the meaning of the mural?


The photographer's point of view

13) The vanishing point of the main wall is out of frame and far away. What could it symbolise regarding racial equality and future prospects after Obama's victory?

14) Knowing that vertical lines suggest tension and elevation, comment upon their use in the picture and their relevance to the theme of civil rights and Obama's victory.


Pour citer cette ressource :

"Mr Brainwash's wall painting", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2011. Consulté le 23/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/se-former/workbook/a-dream-come-true/mr-brainwash-s-wall-painting