Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Painting & songs of France in great transition

The revolutionary and also counter-revolutionary upheavals in France, triggered off by the historic storming of the Bastille, 'lasted for many years. Liberty Leading The People was painted by ( Ferdinand Victor ) Eugene Delacroix ( 1798-'1863 ) to commemorate an uprising in 1830. Two still passion'-stirring songs were also composed at that period of earthly transformation, namely La Marseillaise and La Internationale. In 1790, 'British MP and writer Edmund Burke released Reflections on the Revolution in Franch to criticise the epoch-making revolt in 1789. German philosopher and political economist Karl Marx remarked that Burke was essentially '"a bourgeois stooge of the English ruling class".