THE DEAD The barricade: Symbol of the people’s resistance. Liberty and her partisans are stepping on it. THE LIVING The triangle : base on the dead, summit on the revolutionary flag Hope is in the revolution Liberty moves forward thanks to the dead who sacrified their lives for her.
The Place Notre Dame of Paris Buildings, flats in Paris
The characters Who are they? What are they doing? Why are they here?
The revolutionaries The woman is leading the people, she is half naked, breast free, She is wearing the phrygian cap of liberty(// 1789), holding the tricolour flagleading the people toward Liberty. This is an allegory of conquering Liberty The young boy of Paris, probably an inspiration for Gavroche a few years later. Maybe a self portrait of Delacroix (the painter feels politically implicated in the revolution). He is from the bourgeoisie class (clothes, attitude…). Behind him : a polytechnician (student class) A liberal revolutionary (cockade) A young man wearing the police cap
Symbols of the republic Traditional Phrygian cap of Liberty Tricolour Flag Symbolic characters Marianne, the boy (inspiration for Victor Hugo’s Gavroche), self-portrait of Delacroix Symbols of the French spirit Notre Dame of Paris Social casts bourgeoisie and the lower class (working class) BARRICADE : revolutionary spirit ( 1789, 1830, 1848, 1871, 1936, 1968..) parallel with nowadays? Famous Monument
The symbols of the Revolution The revolutionary flag forbidden by Charles X The Phrygian cap of Liberty Reminders of the colours of the flag
conclusion This painting represents Delacroix’s engagement in the revolution It shows that the revolution of 1830 gathered and united the people of Paris against the King who was a threat for their Liberty. The king fled And other revolutions came 1830 agaist Charles X 1848 against Louis Philippe 1871 The aim : defend the values of the French Revolution of 1789 and obtain a better and more satisfying political regime