Dr. Elissa Auerbach
Scholars have previously maintained that Meissonier’s painting pays homage to the many working-class Parisians that died during the uprising. For example, Constance Cain Hungerford contends, “Meissonier thus dignifies the rebels with devotion to a nation ideal that he shared, even if he defied republican values less radically and disapproved of violence as a means to pursue them.”3 Hungerford and other scholars have explored the possibility that The Barricade represents a dedication to those who died during the rebellion, but few have explored the contention that this painting is not only a warning to future rebels, but also a manifestation of the class tensions between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie in Paris in the nineteenth century.
"The Barricade, Rue de la Mortellerie, June 1848: A Reflection of Class Tension in Nineteenth-Century Paris,"
Vol. 15, Article 4.
Available at: http://kb.gcsu.edu/thecorinthian/vol15/iss1/4