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Delacroix 1 Running Head: Delacroix Module 6: Liberty Leading the People Allen Brown UNV 200 Grand Canyon University August 8 th 2009
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Delacroix 2 Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), a French painter of romantic period known for his exuberant colors and radical themes. His painting “Liberty Leading the People” is one of the most famous and radical picture of its time. It is a sort of work that in very first glance just capture the viewer’s eye through its dynamic subject. This painting was produced in 1830 with a size of approx. 8 ft 6 in x 10 ft 8 in. The medium of this work is oil on canvas rendered in Romantic style. The subject of this work is derived from the world famous French Revolution that began in 1789 when common people or bourgeois stood for their rights. This painting is a connotation of strides for uprising, focusing on the determination, commitment and intellectual strength that forced the working middle class of France to get their destination by changing their destiny. “The flag and the clouds are treated in the same wavy outlines giving a sense of movement, as flag and clouds are linked here for the representation of the liveliness and protectiveness of the cause. The total environment of the painting suggests the change from static, mournful and depressed life to lively, colorful and energetic one.” (Pioch, 2002) The upper portion of the painting physically stands for the goals that are to be achieved after all the effort. The uprising is rendered physically by upper portion and the deteriorated condition from which the revolt erupted, is denoted by lower dark part of the frame. “As the main figure of half-goddess, half-human is leading people or showing them the way to uprising, Delacroix has put volume to her figure. She is not a soft skinned, fragile looking semi nude as most of the Rembrandt’s or Renoir’s figures are in keyhole or bathing paintings, but a very strongly built, motivated woman with solid body from caped head to firmly striding toe, showing her stance for a certain cause.” (Prideaux, 1972) Apart from her, no one else has got this quality of “solidity”. “The detail of her anatomy, the folds of her dress and the
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Delacroix 3 flying tricolor add to her personality massively.” (Romanticism in France, 2005)
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