EUGENE DELACROIX, LA LIBERTE GUIDANT LE PEUPLE / by Les Ann Holland

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We enter the picture plane via a lifeless form on the lower left via his right arm, following the wrist through the shadow via the folds in the fabric on his white shirt. Though motionless, we can register a look of content on his profile, which points directly upward. We follow the path of his right pectoral, marked by nipple, leading the way to the white shirt, illuminated by the light of above. Extending beyond his torso and upwards via his left femur, we travel upward in the picture plane after asking, is he wearing pants? His left foot is without a blue boot to match his right foot. Traveling upward in the picture plane via a red band of fabric, we encounter blue, then naples yellow again in the folds of the gown of the female figure in the center. The three primary colors form a triad here in the center. The figure of the female in the center stands upon the bodies below her. A triangle. Red, yellow white, mirroring the form of the man, below. Regarded by a man situated just below her. A the apex of the triangle is her flag. The red, blue and white, which shines below, returning our gaze to the white shirt of the first fallen form. She stands barefoot, profile turned toward those following. Twisted at the waist, her form portends movement forward, flag post and weapon in left hand standing sentinel parallel to one another, providing her body with a container. Joined by youth dually armed with pistols, we see a city on the right-hand side of the picture plane, anchored just at the center. Her breasts stand bare as she stands upon the death below her. The sash of the young boy points to the earth. Guides us past the light in the fallen soldier's uniform, below her. Pointed toward the left. We see the left hand of another body pointed toward the left, mirroring the form on the lower left that ushers us in. 

EUGENE DELACROIX, LA LIBERTE GUIDANT LE PEUPLE: Oil on canvas, 1830. Height: 260 cm (102.3 in); Width: 325 cm (10.6 ft). Exhibited at Salon des artistes françaisLouvre PalaceParis, 1831. Current location: https://www.louvre.fr/en/homepage