The Rue Mosnier with Flags: Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet: The Rue Mosnier with Flags

The Rue Mosnier with Flags is an 1878 Impressionist painting by French artist Édouard Manet.

Analysis of The Rue Mosnier with Flags

The picture depicts the day of June 30, 1878, which was the first celebration day for the birth of the Third French Republic in France, which is now celebrated as Bastille Day on June 14.

On the surface this is a painting of a French National celebration, however, it is not as it immediately seems. In The Rue Mosnier with Flags, sometimes also referred to as The Rue Mosnier Dressed with Flags, we 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.

The Franco-Prussian War was a conflict between the then-Second French Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia which lasted five months between July 1870 and January 1871 and would ultimately conclude with Prussian victory and the foundations for German Unification, which would shape European history forever.

Rue Monsnier is a street in Paris, which is now known as the Rue de Berne, located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

Edouard Manet’s The Rue Mosnier with Flags can be found in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California in the United States.

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