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Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 October 2011

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People. In 1830 revolution once more overtook France, when a popular uprising toppled the French king Charles X. A few months later, the artist Eugene Delacroix immortalised the events of the July Revolution in a painting which remains one of the icons of the age. His allegorical depiction of a Paris barricade, with the figure of Liberty clutching a tricolore while standing on a pile of corpses, is a powerful image which has provoked much debate in the years since it was first unveiled to an enthusiastic public.

Producer: Natalia Fernandez.

  • LIBERTY LEADING THE PEOPLE BY EUGENE DELACROIX

    LIBERTY LEADING THE PEOPLE BY EUGENE DELACROIX

  • FURTHER READING

    David Bellos, “In the Mind’s Eye: The Meanings of Liberty Guiding the People” in ‘The Process of Art: Essays on Nineteenth-Century French Literature, Music and Painting in Honour of Alan Raitt’ (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1998)

    Barthélemy Jobert, ‘Delacroix’, pp.128-136 and 236-254 (Princeton University Press, 1998)

    Lee Johnson, ‘The Paintings of Eugène Delacroix’, Vol. I, pp. 144-157 and Vol. III, pp.73-81 and 90-100 (Oxford University Press, 1986)

    Simon Lee, “Liberty Leading the People” in ‘Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850’, Ed. Christopher Murray, Volume 2, pp.678-679 (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004)

    Michael Marrinan, ‘Painting Politics for Louis-Philippe: Art and Ideology in Orléanist France, 1830-1848’, pp. 67-76 (Yale University Press, 1988)

    Marcia Pointon, ‘Naked Authority: The Body in Western Painting 1830-1908’ (Cambridge University Press, 1990)

    ‘The Cambridge Companion to Delacroix’, ed. Beth Wright (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

    Maurice Agulhon, ‘Marianne into Battle: Republican Imagery and Symbolism in France, 1789-1880’ (Cambridge University Press, 1979)

    Linda Nochlin, ‘Representing Women’ (T & H, 1999)

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