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Like the fall of the Bastille a fortnight later, the Tennis Court Oath became a memorable gesture of revolutionary defiance against the old regime. The prominent artist Jacques-Louis David later immortalised the oath in a dramatic portrait. Background. The Tennis Court Oath followed several days of tension and confrontation at the Estates-General.
French revolution, The Tennis Court Oath, Engraving, 19th century. Tennis Court Oath, Tennis Court Oath, Oath in the ballroom at Versailles on June 20, 1789 France / Ballhausschwur, Der Schwur im Ballsaal zu... George Bush plays tennis with his son Neil September 1, 1980 in Kennebunkport, Maine.
On 20 June 1789, the members of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath in the tennis court which had been built in 1686 for the use of the Versailles palace. The vote was "not to separate and to reassemble wherever necessary until the Constitution of the kingdom is established". It was a pivotal event in the French Revolution. The Estates-General had been called to address the country's fiscal and agricultural crisis, but they had become bogged down in issues of representation immedi
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Indoor tennis court crowded with men taking an oath, surrounding Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, standing at centre in profile to right, watched by spectators from a loggia in background; proof illustration to an unidentified publication. Wood-engraving on thin paper
This classical allusion in the Oath of the Tennis Court offers us a new, more satisfactory picture of the evolution of David's ideas. For the Oath of the Tennis Court has generally been thought to represent an abrupt shift in David's iconographic concepts. For a decade David had been totally committed to the use of classical
Tennis Court Oath. 1. Jacques- Louis David, drawing: The Tennis Court Oath •A celebration of June 1789 Events •7 X 10 metre painting – but was never finished Schama: on its location in the Louvre it was a celebration of ‘ the reigning fiction of revolutionary patriotic unity’. 2. The Meeting of the Estates General in May 1789.
The Tennis Court Oath is an incomplete painting by Jacques-Louis David, painted between 1790 and 1794 and showing the titular Tennis Court Oath at Versailles, one of the foundational events of the French Revolution. Political reversals and financial difficulties meant that David was never able to finish the canvas, which measures 400 by 660 cm and is now in the Musée national du Château de Versailles.