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The Storming of the Bastille, a Turning Point of the French Revolution

The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution. The medieval armory, fortress, and political prison known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the centre of Paris. The prison contained only seven inmates at the time of its storming but was seen by the revolutionaries as a symbol of the monarchy’s abuse of power; its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution.

Claude MonetThe Rue Montorgueil in Paris. Celebration of 30 June 1878, 1878,
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.
The Fourteenth of July Celebration in Paris
Vincent van Gogh
Claude Monet, The Fourteenth of July (Bastille Day)
Eugene Delacroix – Liberty Leading the People (1830) Musée du Louvre
Alfred-Philippe Roll, Bastille Day, 1880 inauguration monument republic, 1882, Petit Palais, Paris, France.
Childe Hassam, Bastille Day, Boulevard Rochechouart, Paris, 1889, private collection. Christies.
Pablo Picasso, The Fourteenth of July ( Le quatorze juillet ), 1901
The Fourteenth of July by Pierre Bonnard, 1918
 Gérard Fromanger, Bastille Flux, 2007. Source: Wikiart.

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