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Vous Rappelez-Vous by DarthFar Vous Rappelez-Vous by DarthFar
100 Pictures Challenge #5: Seeking Solace.

In these hours of waiting what did they do? [...] (They) sought each other out and got together, as in the most peaceful days of their student conversations, and in a corner of this bistro turned into a pill box, within two steps of the redoubt they had thrown up, their carbines primed and loaded resting on the backs of their chairs, these gallant young men, so near their last hour, began to recite a love poem.

Les Miserables, Volume 4, Book 11, Chapter 6

Continuing my quest to illustrate the hell out of the barricade chapters. Because Bayard & Co. have done a wonderful job just about everywhere else, but have all but neglected the insurrection bits.

Title is taken from the first line of their love poem, "Vous rappelez-vous notre douce vie" (Do you remember our sweet life). Because the title bar won't let me type the entire line.

Apologies for inflicting more of this crap upon my non-Les Mis viewers. ;)

Les Miserables written by Victor Hugo.
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DashieMoulinRouge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Writer
HOW DO ART. This is the most realistic- I mean...arghhh!
AnnaTaure Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Looks a lot like a painting known as "The Sciences Lesson", made during the 18th century, with all the guys around one source of light, and the rest remaining in shadow.
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Not familiar with the title, but are you referring to something by Joseph Wright of Derby? Because this picture was certainly inspired by the way he uses light in some of his pictures, like the one about the experiment with the air pump. :)
AnnaTaure Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Yes it's that one, precisely.
UntiltheEarthisFree Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This would have to be the most beautiful Friends of the ABC picture I've ever seen. Everything about it so just so beautiful.

And you Mizzie it.
DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Thank you very much. :) That's one of my favourite scene from the barricade; it's like peace in the middle of the storm.
JackieStarSister Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is fantastic. I love that you included the quote. A picture really is worth a thousand words.

Is the shadowed figure in the front Marius? That would explain his more somber expression, contrasted with the smiles and laughter of the other students.
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thank you very much! :D

The guy next to Bahorel is just some random insurrectionist (since they were fighting alongside a lot of working Joes); the guy sitting to the left, behind Feuilly, is a fandom joke: Marguerite from Abaisse had written a number of fics in which (the very real) Sadi Carnot was Combeferre's friend from the Polytechnique, so I included a person in this picture who looked just a *little* bit like Carnot (even though the real Carnot was nowhere near the barricades at the time of the insurrection).
elfdust Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your talent is so amazing, this is so beautiful, the scene is perfect and poetic and the colours and lighting are magnificent!
kenikins Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What does Joly's mirror say?
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