Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Every picture tells a story

F. Sorrieu

Notions of a politically united Europe are nothing new. With the referendum in France on the European Constitutional Treaty only a few days away now the painting above seems to hit the right spot. It speaks for itself.

The title of the painting is Le Pacte by Frédéric Sorrieu. It is from a series of four that appeared when Europe was gripped by revolutions in 1848, and explored the theme of "La République universelle démocratique et sociale."

This painting, and the others in the series, along with some interpretation and background can be found by visiting L'utopisme républicain de 1848