Saturday, 14 July 2012

Ah ça ira, ça ira, ça ira...

Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in the palace gardens in 1775. A strange image for Bastille Day indeed, yet the monarchy before the French Revolution is part of our history and contributed to making us who we are today... Print by Hubert Robert. The title of this blog post is the chorus of the best known revolutionary song.

Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette dans les jardins du château en 1775. Une image sans doute bizarre pour le 14 juillet mais la monarchie pré-Révolution Française est une partie de notre histoire et a contribué à faire de nous ce que nous sommes aujourd'hui... Estampe d'Hubert Robert. Pour les lecteurs francophones qui ne sont pas familiers des chansons révolutionnaires françaises, le titre de ce billet est le refrain de l'une des plus connues d'entre elles.

19 comments:

LONDONLULU said...

Happy Bastille Day! It's a lovely print and a great point re: the monarchy. The French Revolution has great resonance here. In NYC, there are such marvelous Bastille Day celebrations, I think of it as almost being a NYC holiday too. :)

Olivier said...

Je comprends vu ce qu'il a plut que tu ne sois pas rester, il y avait pas grand monde (et que des parapluies) a Evry, jamais finit autant trempe de ma vie...mais je me suis bien marre, c'est ce qu'il compte. Le feu d'artifice avec le chateau en fond, cela doit etre superbe...bon weekend en tenue d'homme grenouille ;)

Lowell said...

Je n'ai pas su aujourd'hui etais jour de bastille. Au cas ou je dire, " jour heureux de Basille " ? J'aime la copie. Question: Pensez-vous Marie qu'Antoinette a ete injustement accusee ?

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I hope you have a grand Bastille Day!

Sylvia K said...

Have a great Bastille Day, Ciel!! Lots of things are involved in the history of all our countries and it's all a part of what made us what we are today!! Wonderful post for the day! Enjoy!!

Michelle said...

Happy Bastille Day!

Jack said...

This somehow does seem like a very appropriate Versailles interpretation of Bastille Day. Enjoy your national day.

Bob Crowe said...

If it was not for the monarchy there could not have beem a revolution. France it the sum of its centuries.

Randy said...

Happy Bastille Day! Nice piece of artwork.

Dina said...

That's a funny statue, what I can see of it.
Long live the revolution!

Malyss said...

Vraiment désolée pour ton concert! J'espère qu'ils rembourseront ou remplaceront..
ça defoule bien, de pouvoir dire tranquillement qu'on aime son pays , et TOUTES ses facettes , hein?! :o)
Heureux 14 juillet , ma grande!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautiful print and an excellent post for Bastille Day.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Interesting thematic contrast... :)
God bless you!
Cezar

Birdman said...

Neat side-light to a historic day.

James said...

Not the typical Bastille Day theme but I definitely see the connection.

French history is very interesting. It amazes me how many different cultures and languages have been absorbed into modern France.

Vive la France!

VP said...

So the revolution was trading a king for an emperor...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Very happy belated Bastille Day Ciel, I hope you had a wonderful day. Beautiful image to celebrate this day. Surely for this special day the sun came out non!

cieldequimper said...

@ Grace: yes it did, in between rain showers and a thunderstorm!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's interesting how history shapes our lives. isn't it? This year Canada is celebrating the War of 1812 because after that war, British citizens on this side of the border decided they wanted to remain part of the British Empire and not part of the United States. Fascinating/