In January 2015, in the Salon des Mariannes room of Palais-Bourbon, the President of the National Assembly inaugurated JonOne’s work Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité (“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”). A tribute to the founding values of the French Republic and to democracy, the painting offers a reinterpretation of Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People in a street art style, on a large 2 x 3m canvas.
Its inauguration was preceded by a short making-of that captures the artist painting the French motto in blue across the entire surface of the blank canvas before adding some red accents. He then enriches this patriotic palette with some complementary tones. The final stage of the process was revealed during the painting’s inauguration: Delacroix’s allegory is brought to life through the clever use of a reverse stencil effect.
National Assembly, Paris, FR