Tequesta Leading the People 2022 and Delacroix

John William Bailly
Tequesta Leading the People, 2022 (Flower Wars)
Oil on canvas
86 x 118 inches / 220 x 300 centimeters
Courtesy of the Artist

The painting “Tequesta Leading the People” is compositionally based on Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” in the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

John William Bailly. Etude Delacroix Louvre (In Situ), 26 Mai 2021. Graphite on Arches paper. 7 x 10 in / 18 x 26 cm.

Bailly replicated the essential movement of the work that interested him and replicated this his painting. The flag, however, was replaced with the tree. The solidity and grounding of the figure of Liberty in Delacroix is echoed in the Oak Tree in Bailly’s painting.

Eugène Delacroix. Liberty Leading the People, 1830. Oil on Canvas. 260 x 325 cm. Musée du Louvre.
John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People, 2022. OIl on Canvas. 220 x 300 cm.

Bailly makes Paper Doll cutouts of his figure drawings. He then moves these Paper Dolls around, exploring compositional possibilities. Once Bailly finds the composition that works for him, he photographs the Dolls on a white background and prints out the photo. Bailly then produces loose contour drawings of the composition. The drawing is then scaled up in drawing to the large canvas, as seen in the Early State of Tequesta Leading the People below.

John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People Paper Dolls I, 2021.
John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People Paper Dolls II, 2021.
John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People I, 2021. Graphite on Paper. 220 x 300 cm.
John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People II, 2021. Graphite on Paper. 22 x 30 in / 56 x 76 cm
John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People (Early State), 2022. OIl on Canvas. 220 x 300 cm.

The following display to what extent Bailly aims to simultaneously retain and depart from the original Delacroix.

John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People (Delacroix detail IV), 2022. OIl on Canvas. 220 x 300 cm.
John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People (Delacroix detail I), 2022. OIl on Canvas. 220 x 300 cm.
John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People (Delacroix detail II), 2022. OIl on Canvas. 220 x 300 cm.
John William Bailly. Tequesta Leading the People (Delacroix detail III), 2022. OIl on Canvas. 220 x 300 cm.

LAST UPDATE
20 September 2022
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