Vexillologists and Flag Enthusiasts of Portland, Oregon
Delacroix and Charlie Hebdo
In Liberty Leading the People, Delacroix created what is arguably the single most famous depiction of any flag, and certainly of the French tricolor. The central figure, the personification of Liberty (and of the French nation), brandishing the flag in one hand, a rifle in the other, climbs over her fallen comrades urging “the people” on to victory. 185 years later, the audacious imagery still resonates, inspiring quotation, imitation, and parody. Here are some, in responses to the recent Charlie Hebdo terrorism in Paris.