Marie Antoinette

Ian A. Hawkins

Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia

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Marie Antoinette, beautiful young Austrian princess; sent to France at 14 to marry the young prince Louis, who was later to be crowned King Louis XVI of France. Credited with introducing the harp to the French court, she was despised by the French people for being Austrian and wasteful, bullied by some courtiers for being childless and cruelly blamed for all of France’s woes, at the time. This led to her being made the scape-goat for the coming Revolution. She followed her husband King Louis XVI to the scaffold and was executed in 1793.
The top of this work depics the rich decadence of her ill fated life:
The lower half…. her fall from grace: the humiliation, imprisonment and her inhumane ride (sketched by famous artist, David, in the crowd) to her swift execution.
Mixed media collage on A4 envelope posted in France.
From my latest art show…“French Letters” now showing in Hobart.

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