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French Revolution Paintings

the french revolution

The French Revolution is usually understood in three parts. During the first, the common class began the revolution by assuming political power at the Estates-General of 1789. The second phase witnessed the Reign of Terror and the fracturing of the revolution, which would then conclude in 1799 with the return of Napoleon to France and his seizure of government.

famous french revolution paintings


Marie Antoinette with the Rose  (1783) Élisabeth Louise Vigée le Brun


The Storming of the Bastille (1790) Jean-Baptiste Lallemand


Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (c. 1789) Jean-Jacques-François le Barbier


The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons  (1789) Jacques-Louis David


The Tennis Court Oath (1790 - 1792) Jacques-Louis David


The Death of Marat  (1793) Jacques-Louis David


Une exécution capitale, la place de la Révolution  (c. 1793) Pierre-Antoine Demachy


Portrait of a Revolutionary (1794) Jean-François Sablet


Marie Antoinette being taken to her Execution  (1794) William Hamilton


Napoleon Crossing the Alps (1802) Jacques-Louis David


Demolition of the Chateau Meudon (1806) Hubert Robert


Liberty Leading the People (1830) Eugène Delacroix