Jolie's topless painting post her surgery to be auctioned

Jolie's topless painting post her surgery to be auctioned

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is the subject of Swedish artist Johan Andersson's latest oil painting that features the actress in a topless posture post her double mastectomy.

The 37-year-old's portrait will soon go under the hammer and proceeds from the sale will be donated to a nonprofit organisation to support peace campaigns in Congo, reported Ace showbiz.

It is expected to fetch around USD 22,000. ArtBelow, the gallery selling the painting says proceeds from the sale will be donated to 'Falling Whistles' to support campaigns for peace in the Congo, a cause which Jolie herself is very passionate about.

Andersson says he could relate to Jolie's story because he too lost his mother because of cancer.

"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," Andersson said.

"The recent news about Angelina stirred an anxiety within me leading me to paint this portrait. There is an underlying awkwardness in her demeanor in juxtaposition to the natural beauty of her face," Andersson added.

He is also known for his posthumous portrait of Amy Winehouse.

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