Gilets Jaunes by L. Martel

This is a very preliminary start on an 11″ x 14″ oil on canvas. There is a great deal of unrest in the world and this is what’s happening in France. When we lived on Faubourg St. Antoine in Paris, just down the street from the Bastille, we saw many demonstrations. It seemed to be the locale where that sort of thing happened. The storming of the Bastille, July 14th 1789 was where the people rose up against their government and signalled the start of the French Revolution. A lot of people lost their heads then. This uprising began on November 17th 2018. The Gilets Jaunes are protesting rising fuel prices, the high cost of living, and the disproportionate tax burden that is falling on the backs of the working and middle classes. Why would I chose such a subject? I believe art must reveal the times in which we are living. So you will see the gorgeous, characteristic Parisian architecture of Haussmann from 1853 – 1870. The people are only roughed in.

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17 thoughts on “Gilets Jaunes by L. Martel

  1. I’m following the GJ story. Unfortunately it seems that a lot of opportunists from extreme left and right, anarchist and just sheer trouble-makers are infecting what started out as a grass-roots people’s protest and turning it into a running civil war, as happened with the Arab Spring. Don’t know how on earth Macron is going to handle it.

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    • Unfortunately, there is a certain number of opportunists and trouble-makers in all these protests. However, there is a large number of legitimately, unhappy citizens who are fed up with a government that has lost touch with the people. Macron is going to have a very difficult time.

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  2. Good day Leslie great picture as always. We are as you saying living in time of unrest and l personally do not believe that all these protests will achieve anything as looking through the glass darkly shadowy figures of what is to come are looking at this situation and how to use it to blame the people in the end. In the U.K. with Brexit as an example a number of ‘ watchwords ‘ are being used and if you want to know your enemy plant a seed and let it grow into indecision and opportunity for those that believe they have the whiphand so they can bring socialism to the forefront and direct peoples will …. without them even knowing they are following the wrong shepherd ……. France and what started as better working conditions and less taxation and is growing into anarchy and those that want to bring down governments without understanding how to replace what may not be good are looking at their own self image …… and this can only be bad for the future …….

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  3. Bonjour ou bonsoir LESLIE je soutiens les gilets jaunes
    voici mon petit message de ce jour
    Pour embellir ta journée ou ta soirée
    Où les mots ne sont que bonheur
    Pour une douce journée en douceur ou une nuit de rêves
    Avec tendresse et amitié
    L’amitié c’ est comme l’oiseau
    $i tu la laisses s’envoler
    tu auras du mal à la rattraper
    L’amitié est un joyau
    Comme les battements du cœurs
    Le bonheur, comme tous les délices
    N’est entier que lorsqu’il est partagé
    Je te souhaite une agréable journée OU soirée
    bisous.Bernard

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