One month after actress and philanthropist Angelina Jolie revealed her decision to undergo a double mastectomy in an effort to combat breast cancer, Swedish artist Johan Andersson has released an artistic rendering of what the famed mother of six might look like post-surgery.
Andersson says he created the image, which shows 38-year-old Jolie without her breasts, after Jolie’s New York Times op-ed in May hit home: As a teen, he witnessed his own mother's battle with breast cancer, reported the Huffington Post. “The recent news about Angelina stirred anxiety within me, leading me to paint this portrait,” he said.
See Johan Andersson’s painting of Angelina Jolie post-mastectomy here.
"Angelina Jolie is the ultimate female icon in this age...where we worship humans as if they were gods,” said Andersson, who claims he also painted the portrait in an effort to humanize A-list celebrities like Jolie. “I wanted to depict Angelina as a vulnerable human being confronted by the realities that people are faced with, no matter their status.”
Andersson said he plans to auction the portrait, which Jolie did not sit for. All proceeds are said to be going to Falling Whistles, a campaign for peace in the Congo, a cause similar to the one Jolie outlined in her 2011 film “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”
According to a report from The National Enquirer Monday, Jolie’s husband, actor Brad Pitt, isn’t thrilled with the artwork which is estimated to earn $22,000 at the upcoming auction. “The last thing Brad wants is for his kids to be exposed to the picture,” said an unidentified source. “He’d like to buy it and lock it away."
Jolie first revealed her decision to undergo a double mastectomy in May, revealing that she was diagnosed with BRCA1, a “faulty” gene which the actress said gave her an 87 percent chance of developing breast and a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer.
This isn’t the first time the Swedish artist has created controversial art. He last painted a portrait of singer Amy Winehouse in 2011 months after her untimely death at age 27 reported Yahoo.