As the entry on this painting at the Musée d’Orsay
says, Monet painted it at an event connected with the 1878 World’s Fair—in fact, the occasion of the first public singing of La Marseillaise
since the fall of the Second Empire and rise of the Third Republic. Nevertheless, it is often associated with Bastille Day (July 14th), so why not show it today? Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!
In Where the Light Falls
, Jeanette, Effie, and Edward see the painting at the 4th Impressionist Show. It also interests me because it has so clearly influenced Childe Hassam’s views of flag-draped streets in New York, e.g., The Fourth of July, 1916
, or indeed, Paris in his July Fourteenth, Rue Daunou
Just for the fun of it, click here
for the stirring rendition of La Marseillaise
in the greatest B-movie of them all, Casablanca
(the song begins at minute 1.08).