SCHNETZ, Jean-Victor
(b. 1787, Versailles, d. 1870, Paris)

The Battle for the Town Hall, 28 July 1830

Oil on canvas
Musée du Petit Palais, Paris

Schnetz's painting depicts the same event as represented in Delacroix's famous Liberty Leading the People (Louvre, Paris). In Schnetz's version, shown at the Salon of 1834, the composition is also designed to heighten the drama of the event, but Schnetz has refrained from the use of symbolism.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 12 minutes):
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: The Battle, suite