Bastille Day, July 14

In preparation of the yearly Bastille Day celebration, Swiss born photographer Florence Henri documented men working on a scaffolding to install a banner of the French flag at the entrance of The Tuileries gardens in Paris in 1937. On the right and in the background the equestrian sculpture Fame mounted on Pegasus by Antoine Coysevox as well as other statues are visible in the gardens of the Louvre palace. The French National holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789,which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

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Florence HenriStructure, 1937 (150.1998)

 
Florence HenriStructure, 1937 (153.1998)

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About claartjevandijk

Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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