The Struggle Series
6 Lithograph Box Set
Title print hand-signed by Nelson Mandela
Size: 5.75 x 8.25 inches each
White Cotton Paper, 310 Incisioni Board
Printed under the supervision of Van Reibeeck Press
Assisted by Walter Retter
All plates have been destroyed post printing
Fine condition, with light wear to the box.
Original Touch of Mandela Publisher Letter of Authenticity
House of Roulx Letter of Authenticity
Beautiful limited edition set of six small-format lithographs entitled ‘The Struggle Series,’ numbered 176/950, each measuring 5.75 x 8.25, signed on the first lithograph in pencil, “N. Mandela.” The signed print reproduces Mandela’s handwritten description of the series, and the other prints are of sketches done by Mandela that chronicle his people's struggle; all six also feature Mandela’s facsimile signature inherent to the print. The sketches are entitled ‘Struggle,’ ‘Imprisonment,’ ‘Freedom,’ ‘Unity,’ and ‘Future.’ Mandela explains: ‘These sketches are not so much about my life as they are about my own country.’ An absolutely stunning, scarce set signed by one of the great activist leaders of the 20th century.
In July 2001, Nelson Mandela sketched a series of five humble images that he felt illustrated the chapters of his much publicized life. Mandela completed his sketches in charcoal, adding this handwritten motivation as a sixth element:
“These sketches are not so much about my life as they are about my own country. I drew hands because they are powerful instruments, hands can hurt or heal, punish or uplift. They can also be bound, but a quest for righteousness can never be repressed. In time, we broke open the shackles of injustice, we joined hands across social divides and national boundaries, between continents and over oceans. And now we look to the future, knowing that even if age makes us wiser guides, it is the youth that remind us of love, of trust, and the value of life.”
He titled the work “The Struggle Series."