Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time
Special One-Time Offer from the Smithsonian
Online lecture on the Eugene Delacroix masterpiece Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple), presented by Paul Glenshaw
Alliance Française DuPage members will receive a special code by email to receive the Smithsonian member price of $20 (instead of the standard price of $25). Members can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the code.
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Event Description: 1¼ hours
Great art is timeless, and speaks to us across time, culture and space. Yet great works come from real people living real lives—whether their work was made 5 minutes or 500 years ago. In this series, popular Smithsonian Associates speaker Paul Glenshaw looks at great works of art in their historical context. He delves into the time of the artist, explores the present they inhabited, and what shaped their vision and creations.
Liberty Leading the People, created in 1830, is an iconic symbol of the French Republic. Although it does not depict an actual event, the painting was born in one of the several cycles of revolution that France experienced through the late 18th and much of the 19th century. It commemorates the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled the French king Charles X—only to be replaced by another monarch, Louis-Phillipe.
Who was Delacroix representing? Why would an artist raised in a family with high status in the French diplomatic world make such a commemoration? Glenshaw explores the work’s political backdrop, the life of the man who still embodies French Romantic painting, and how they came together in a single image.
Glenshaw is an artist, educator, author, and filmmaker with more than 25 years’ experience working across disciplines in the arts, history, and sciences. He teaches drawing for Smithsonian Associates and studied painting at Washington University in St. Louis.
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