Claude Monet's The Rue Montorgueil in Paris
Being somewhat of a Francophile, I couldn't possibly let Bastille Day pass without some sort of nod to their chosen day of liberté, égalité, fraternité (freedom, equality, brotherhood). Oui, Bastille Day. And what better way to do this than with a French flag painting. Ok, not just any old French flag painting—this masterpiece is by French impressionist Claude Monet.
The Rue Montorgueil was painted on June 30th, 1878 for a festival declared that year by the government celebrating "peace and work," and was intended to be a symbol of France’s recovery after the defeat of 1870. Viva la France!
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