The artwork (see, Appendix-1) is symbolic of the revolutionary spirit inherent in every human being. To be specific, the main idea about the artwork is related to European society’s transformation from Enlightenment to the realm of Romanticism. Fred Kleiner stated that, “Balancing contemporaneous historical fact with poetic allegory, Delacroix captured the passion and energy of the 1830 revolution in this painting of Liberty leading the Parisian uprising against Charles X” (623). One can see that the general notion on revolutionaries is based upon masculine power, i.e. male revolutionaries fighting for freedom. But the focal point of this painting is a woman holding the French flag. This is symbolic of the French society’s transformation from Enlightenment to the context of Romanticism. The facial expression of the male revolutionaries proves that they consider the woman as a revolutionary, not as a woman. This sort of freedom and equality is the core aspect of French Revolution. So, the main idea behind the artwork is the revolutionary spirit of human beings, disregarding gender differences.
Summing, Eugene Delacroix’s artwork is the combination of Romantic and revolutionary spirits. To be specific, the artist chose a female figure as the artwork’s focal point to portray his perspective on social responsibility. In short, the artist makes use of his artwork to share his views on the relationship between patriotism and individual ...Show more