Gavrillo Princip – Self portrait trough Princip

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I was fascinated by the story of the young Bosnian Serb who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, on teh northern end of the Latn bridge in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914.


It is often said ths murder did cause the First World war, The Great War. As if Princip was the most powerfull person in that moment in time, in charge of changing the world entirely. Ofcourse this is a romantic idea, but it makes us ask some interesting questions. Even ordinary people can make huge impact on the lives of others, always think beyond your reach. But if Princip didn’t murder that day? How would have┬áhistory unfolded then? We probably would not have the Great War remembered today, a second World War would mayby not happen at all, events in time would have been shifted different. So i possible would not have existed myself if Princip did not murder that day, unfolding the major events by murdering Franz and his wife on 28 of june 1914.


When i was painting this portrait it slowly changed into a self portrait, i was ixed with Princip, am i Princip? At least you cannot escape the chain of history. Everything is connected. So am i guilty for my history in some aspect?