Between 1789 and 1799, tremendous social and political upheaval took place in France. An absolute monarchy and a feudal system of aristocratic privilege gave way, briefly, to democratic principles of citizenship and civil rights.
Trial and execution of the king were followed by civil war, violence, and the Reign of Terror, as well as Napoleon and eventually two more revolutions.
This oil painting depicts the storming of the Tuileries Palace on August 10, 1792, after which the royal family was imprisoned. The artist is Jean Duplessis-Bertaux, who painted the event the following year.