Here’s How the Art World Is Celebrating National Bastille Day

Marking the holiday extends far beyond France

Stuart Davis, Place Pasdeloup. Courtesy of the Whitney Museum via Twitter.

Today marks national Bastille day, and from our corner of the universe, we know that the celebration extends far beyond French pride.

Related: 10 Revolutionary Artists in Honor of Bastille Day

France, of course, has played a storied role in the Western art historical canon. Paris was, for a spell, the center of the art world shortly after the turn of the 20th century. In the early 1900s, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and other legends would roam Parisian streets in search of  inspiration.

To celebrate the holiday, and its revolutionary spirit, artnet News decided to turn to some historical offerings from the art world: from a canvas by American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam, who made a portrait of Parisian streets enlivened by celebration from his balcony view, to an iconic throwback of a French woman up in arms by Eugene Delacroix, courtesy of the Morgan Library.

See our roundup below.








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