Title: Inauguration of the monument in memory of Louis XVI by Charles X, place de la Concorde.
Author : BEAUME Joseph (1796 - 1885)
Creation date : 1827
Date shown: 03 May 1826
Dimensions: Height 106 - Width 167
Technique and other indications: (May 3, 1826) Oil painting on canvas
Storage location: National Museum of the Palace of Versailles (Versailles) website
Contact copyright: © Photo RMN-Grand Palais - F. Raux website
Picture reference: 99DE20435 / MV 5564
Inauguration of the monument in memory of Louis XVI by Charles X, place de la Concorde.
© Photo RMN-Grand Palais - F. Raux
Publication date: March 2016
The memory of Louis XVI
Having defeated the imperial armies, the Allies put the emigrant Bourbons back on the throne of France: Louis XVIII then, on his death in 1824, Charles X, both brothers of Louis XVI, were the kings of the restored monarchy. Charles X - consecrated at Reims in accordance with the tradition of the Ancien Régime - had a monument in memory of Louis XVI erected on the Place de la Concorde, where the execution took place.
The inauguration of the Place de la Concorde monument
The painting by Joseph Beaume, commissioned in 1827 by Charles X, represents the inauguration of the monument on May 3, 1826.
In the center of the canvas, on the very spot where Louis XVI was executed, Charles X is preparing to lay the first stone of the commemorative monument in memory of Louis XVI. On the right, on the platform raised for public prayer, the Archbishop of Paris gives his blessing. Behind him, the Catholic clergy gather in a procession that can be seen extending into the background of the painting. The votive and funeral architecture set up for the ceremony (censer, crucifix and mission cross) clearly marks the importance assumed by the Catholic Church. With the aristocracy and the Church united around the king, in a colorful and old-fashioned splendor, the inauguration represented in Beaume's painting has a decidedly Old Regime flavor.
The throne and the altar
If the expiatory ceremonies of the reign of Louis XVIII had above all mobilized all civil and military pomp, the inauguration of the monument erected in memory of Louis XVI, represented in the painting by Beaume, clearly shows the importance recovered by the Catholic Church. . The ceremony is part of the many missions, processions and jubilees of the reign of the devout king who wanted to promote the state religion, encourage religious communities and who punished with death the desecration of objects of worship. However spectacular it may be, the king's demonstrative devotion was hardly followed by the population, which was largely Voltairian.
- Charles X
- Louis XVI
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To cite this article
Mathilde LARRÈRE, "Charles X, continuation of the Ancien Régime"