Study of Bodies "Liberty Leading the People"

Eugène Delacroix French

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A priest kneels among corpses as a mob passes in the distance at the upper left. This brush drawing is traditionally thought to represent an episode of street violence in Paris that Eugène Delacroix witnessed during the July Revolution of 1830. As such, it served as raw material for his best-known work: Liberty Leading the People (1830; Musée du Louvre, Paris), exhibited at the Salon the following year. Absent is the allegorical figure of Liberty herself, triumphantly bearing a rifle in her left hand and the tricolor flag in her right.

Study of Bodies "Liberty Leading the People", Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris), Point of brush and brown ink on off-white woven paper

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