More About Liberty Leading The People
Liberty Leading People is the biggest allegorically and politically significant painting in the history of art.
The painting created a sense of passion and has become a universal symbol of liberty and democracy.
The reference of this painting has been highly evident in pop-culture to symbolize the emancipation of the mass from the oppressors.
To understand about the painting, one must know the history of the iconic French Revolution.
In the event of the revolution, one of the political upheavels happened to be in Paris against the ruling King Charles X who had snatched individual rights of people by excutiving a constitutional takeover.
The riots and violent protests against his dominance and abuses took over the city resulting in fights and high death tolls.
Charles X eventually had to resign with Louis-Philippe I declared as the new French King.
Delacroix was heavily inspired by this act and wanted to portray the significance of liberty.
The painting is a statement that if liberty and democracy are taken away from people, the entire government/monarchy will go down.
The artist wasn’t much of a revolutionary himself but he openly advocated liberalism. The painting was an outcome of his pride to observe his fellow citizens.
Delacroix was a pioneering artist who was slowly rebelling against the Neoclassical rules of painting.
Liberty Leading People was also such painting filled with action and intensity. Liberty being a woman in French, is seen surrounded by hundreds of men who follow her lead.
She is wearing a long yellow dress with her breasts exposed and face turned to her right side. He right arm is stretched above her as she brandishes a large French flag.
The painting has an earthy neutral color with whites, browns and beiges with all of it focusing on the woman in the center.
The sky is full of smoke depicting the riots and use of guns to rebel.
Th brushwork makes the painting more expressive and the texture of clothes with details on drapes makes it look realistic.
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