Drawing Pen, Acrylic on Canvas | 260 x 325 cm Carla Bianpoen The painting is a juxtaposition of the revolutionary spirit that surged in France and spread to other parts of the world, including the island of Java. Similar to the power struggle between the monarchy and the bourgeois in France, the struggle for the sole power over the Sultanate of Mataram on Java eventually brought about a breakage: in France Charles X was toppled, while the struggle on Java resulted in two separate entities namely Yogjakarta and Surakarta. The painter Eugene Delacroix was deeply moved by the revolution in his country, and his emotion deepened with literature accentuating the drama even further. Infused with such emotion Delacroix created his famous painting La Liberté guidant le people, with Marianne, as the French symbol held the tricolor flag high above her head as a sign that the country was ruled by freedom. The revolution ...

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