Jules Cavaillès (1901-1977)
La libération de Paris
Oil on canvas
81 x 65 cm (25F)
Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, France, Jules Cavaillès, 1982
Musée des Beaux Arts, Gaillac, France, 2015
This vibrant oil painting celebrates the liberation of France. Paris was liberated from the Nazis by the Allied forces on 25 August 1944. Depicted are the French Tricolor flag with a Resistance emblem, the American flag and the flag of the United Kingdom. The Liberation of Paris refers to the events that took place in August 1944, during World War II, when Allied forces, primarily composed of Free French and American troops, successfully liberated the French capital from German occupation. The liberation of Paris was a significant turning point in the war and a momentous occasion for the French people. It held immense symbolic importance for the French people and marked the end of the city's long and difficult occupation and signaled a turning point in the war. The liberation was met with exuberant celebrations, with Parisians pouring into the streets to welcome and embrace the liberating troops. Reestablishment of Authority: With the liberation of the city, the provisional French government, led by Charles de Gaulle, began the process of reestablishing French authority and institutions.