. . . promoting capitalist acts between consenting adults.
There was a one hour documentary devoted to this wonderful painting on BBC a few nights ago, of which I managed to catch about half. Some random points that I can recall:- The painting was considered controversial when it first came out (revolution by an unruly mob)- The woman is realistically depicted. She is looking over her shoulder at the mob without pity or any apparent emotion. Her hair and belt are flying in different directions.- The image of dead and degraded officers is graphic, although they don't look much different to the rabble (revolution turns us against people we might otherwise consider our brothers). - Boys are reckless in war (one to the right, one low down on the left edge with stone in hand)- What is the dandy doing in the middle of the mob?- The painting makes for great political cartoons (there was an image with Tony Blair as the charging woman and Wee Willy Hague as the boy to the right)- The painting conformed to the pyramidical (?) structure common at that time (1840-ish...?)- The painting was completed in just three months, and borrowed characters from other pictures/paintings.
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