Karen Blixen's hugely popular tale "Out of Africa" regained worldwide fame and recognition when Sidney Pollack directed Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in the title roles as Karen Blixen herself and her erstwhile lover Denys Finch Hatton.
These posters feature the real people as related in Karen Blixens autobiography.
"I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills." --Out of Africa, 1937
Get the Old Kikuyu Poster here.
Blixen not only wrote books, she was also a skilful painter. In 1902-1903 she received training from Charlotte Sode and Julie Meldahl in their art school on Bredgade in Copenhagen, preparing for further studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1910 she also went to an art school in Paris. The two portraits above are of Abdullahi Ahamed, the brother of Farah Aden, a Somali who became her right hand on the farm in Kenya, and a young girl from the Kikuyu tribe.
In 1913, Karen Dinesen became engaged to her second-cousin, the Swedish Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke, after a failed love affair with his brother. The couple moved to Kenya, which was at the time part of British East Africa. In early 1914, they used family money to establish a coffee plantation there, hiring local workers; predominantly the Kikuyu people who lived on the farmlands at the time of their arrival.
From a series of prints commissioned by the Blixen Museum, portraying key persons from her autobiography "Out of Africa"
Size: 100 x 62 cm
Poster Print without frame