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Jason Lim November 23, 2010 Approaching the Arts: Art History Formal Analysis: Liberty Leading the People Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People is a painting that marks the French Revolution in 1830. Created by using oil on canvas, the painting now resides in the Louvre in Paris, France. The painting shows Liberty personified as a woman leading the French rebels into battle. To create Liberty as the main focal point in the painting, Delacroix uses an asymmetrical balance of light. The left portion of the painting is dark and blurred to create a sense of foreground and background. Aside from the faraway buildings, there is an absence of any notable objects on the right side, so the viewer's eyes are drawn towards Liberty as She is contrasted by the very light smoke behind Her. Liberty is fully noticeable and Delacroix emphasizes this by carefully painting the shadows of Her dress. There is also a triangular shaped
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