Impressionist painting The Rue Mosnier with Flags by French artist Édouard Manet is not what it immediately seems.
The day is June 30, 1878, which was the first celebration day for the birth of the French Republic in France, which is now celebrated as Bastille Day on June 14.
You can see a number of victorious French flags flanking the facades of the buildings on the Rue Mosnier. The positivity of the painting is quickly halted as you see a one-legged veteran, a quick reminder of the toil of war that the new French Republic will need to face.
Edouard Manet’s The Rue Mosnier with Flags can be found in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California.