Louvre: 16/9/2010

On our last visit to the Louvre we saw many interesting pieces, however the one that stood out most to me was Eugene Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People.” Delacroix is a famed Romantic painter partly because he was able to use his pieces to make political statements. Such is the case in this oil on canvas painting. It commemorates the French Revolution of 1890. Due to the fact that I am taking a revolutions class I found this piece particularly interesting because it speaks volumes about this Revolution. For example, Lady Liberty is standing on a pile of men holding a musket; this symbolizes the fact that Liberty will prevail through the struggle and that it is an ongoing fight for liberty. Also, the pile of men which Liberty is standing on represents all the different social classes involved in the Revolution. Delacroix understood that a revolution requires the unification of many social classes not just the elites and was able to illustrate this in his painting. Furthermore, the expression on the characters’ faces truly demonstrate the zeal and vigor they had in fighting for their liberty and implementing a successful revolution. Revolution is an ongoing uphill battle; in many ways, the struggle never ends and Eugene Delacroix understood this. I also like the fact that Liberty is bare-breasted. I think that this is symbolic of the fact that revolution truly is a no-holds-barred situation. Anything goes as long as the successful completion of a revolution is implemented. Overall, I really enjoyed this piece because it is actually very accurate to the study of revolution. It is more than just a lovely painting; it really does speak volumes about the struggle of the Revolution of 1890 and I just found it very interesting.


About cristinasartadventure

Bonjour! I am an American girl studying art and architecture in the most beautiful city in the world: Paris, France. This blog will chronicle my art adventures, museum trips, church visits and all sorts of other amazing things that I will see during my stay. Enjoy!
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