The Kite

This piece of art is important and representative of its time period because during this time in this specific place of Egypt and North Africa, European colonization was present and had a strong influence. This is important to be seen because it was recently when this was painted and the time it represents was recent as well. Knowing this and understand this work can give a better understand to how imperialism and colonization was like and is and how its effects have affect the present day.

Overview: In this painting there aren’t a huge variety of colors. There are a total of seven different colors in this whole painting. Red, blue, green, yellow, brown, black and tan which is the color of the background. There is a sun in the top right corner and a kite in the top left. The sun is yellow and the kite incorporates blue and red with an outline of black. Holding the string of the kite is a girl. Her face isn’t shown so we just see her back and short hair as she runs away. She’s wearing a dress with brown triangle patterns on it. She also has her hands up. The girl seems to be running to a house that is also in the painting. The house is mostly dark brown. The doors seem to be opening. There is also three windows, one of the windows is completely colored green. The ground on which the house is one and where the girl is running on is a solid blue.


Parts: The sun in the top right is painted yellow. There are no outlines of it. It is painted to appear as if its radiating to the rest of the painting. The kite is in top left corner and divided into four parts. Two sections of the kite are red and the others are red. Coming off the left corner of the kite are multiple red and blue strings. The strings are dark red and blues at the top but at the ends turn the color of the sun. The girl is definitely the focus of the pieces. She’s painted in perspective to be taller than the building and to be seen as running or walking toward the building. She has her arms raised above her. One is holding the kite and one is open. Her hair is short and she seems to be wearing a dress. The colors that she are made of are dark and her arms and legs seem to be colored the dark brown. It’s unclear if she is excited about flying the kite or excited about going into the house.

Title: The title of the piece is “The Kite.” This puts more emphasis on the kite so the kite could possibly represent something and be important to the girl in the painting or important to the events that the artist was trying to represent.

Interpretation: The intent of this work is to show freedom and favor for anticolonialism. It shows what seems to be a young girl, a sun, a kite and a house.The sun radiating to the whole pieces represents a sense of calm while the kite flying high in the sky represents freedom. A kite can fly as high as it can and move in any direction but is still held under control by a string. The freedom of the kite can represent the nationalism that North Africa is feeling at this time while the string can represent the fact that they’re still true to their roots. Also the girls hands in her hands also portrays a sense of freedom like when children run free and but their hands in the air. The fact that the girl is running toward the house or that the house is included can mean she enjoys where she is and she enjoys where she comes from. This can further be interpreted that she is content with her culture and her roots and isn’t going to let imperialism control that. The sun can also be seen as hope and power through this time.

Context: By the end of the nineteenth century, the whole of North Africa, from Egypt to Morocco, is in the rule of European colonization. Following World War I, North Africa is swept by nationalist and anticolonial movements. Artists and intellectuals struggle to define national culture in the face of their particular histories and colonial realities. The Egyptian national government supports art institutions and sends graduates of the school, both men and women, to study in Europe, making Egypt a regional group for artistic innovation and training. Learning and practicing art as a creative discourse among modern Egyptians finds its purpose at first in the nation’s reformist aspirations. Intellectuals and artists are seen as best qualified to define the new features of modern Egypt.

Conclusion: In conclusion, this oil painting is trying to convey a message of independence, self-government, self-determination; everything that imperialism isn’t for the country being imperialized. While some artists were defining the new features of modern Egypt, this piece was showing the foundation of the old in the new and that keeping the foundation of their roots is important no matter what is happening to them. This is important to our learning because we know how imperialism has many bad effects on the place being colonized but no only in some places doest it bring improvement in certain societies but also brings societies together to create a sense of nationalism.