But what’s another universal sign of happiness?
Around the world, countries celebrate the revolutionary day they gained independence with dots of fire ablaze the night sky.
Yet, before the patriotic novelty garb was worn, champagne bottles were popped, and parties were assembled, landmark wars transformed these countries into new sovereignty.
For this Independence Day, The Bare Square highlights the art commemorating struggles for independence around the globe!
The first fight of Independence for the American Revolution is depicted within Battle of Lexington by English painter William Barnes Wollen. Marking Britain’s first defeat, the 1775 Battle of Lexington paved the way for ultimate American victory.
The Taking of Bastille by French artist Henri Paul Perrault illustrates the day in 1789 that revolutionaries seized the Bastille in Paris, starting the French Revolution. As a prison, symbolic of the absolute power of the French monarchy, The Bastille was captured to signal the end of imperial rule and the beginning of a French Republic.
Double Ten Day, honoring the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the start of the Republic of China, began with the 1911 Wuchang Uprising. While artistic records of this revolution are scarce, a rare block print was created by an unknown artist to document this monumental change in power.
Whether it’s the Chinese, the French, the Americans, or The Beatles, we all want to change the world, right?
- Ava Cotlowitz