Liberty Leading the People
Oil on canvas, by Eugène Delacroix, 1831
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The painting depicts a scene from the July Revolution of 1830 in France, during which the people rose against the monarchy of King Charles X. The central figure in the painting is a woman personifying Liberty, who holds the French tricolour flag and leads a diverse group of people over the bodies of fallen fighters. The painting is highly symbolic, with elements such as the tricolour flag representing the values of the French Revolution, and Liberty's figure embodying the spirit of freedom and revolution. Delacroix's dynamic composition and expressive brushwork contributed to the painting's significance as a powerful symbol of liberty and the struggle for freedom.


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