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The ruins of the Tuileries palace

Artist: MEISSONIER Ernest (1815-1891)

Technique: Oil on canvas

Dimensions : H. 1.36 m; W. 0.96 m

Place:Compiègne, Musée du Second Empire

Subjects: Commune (The), Imperial Residences, Tuileries (Palace of)

Key words: Paris, architecture, destruction, Louvre, Carrousel

Credits: Fondation Napoléon


The inspiration for this painting came in 1871 when Meissonier saw the burnt out Tuileries palace and the silhouette of the Carrousel arch: "It is victory on her chariot leaving, abandoning us".


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