Detail of a ceramic mural commemorating the French Revolution at the Bastille Métro station, Paris. A number of factors resulted in the overthrow of the French monarchy; one of them was the high cost of bread. The shortage of grain due to crop failures caused its price to rise, which meant that poor peasants whose main sustenance was bread were starving.
The mural, executed by artists Liliane Belembert and Odile Jacquot, was realized by the Ateliers des Carrelages de la Bussiere in 1989.
un(e) paysan, ne: a peasant
la faim: hunger
le carrelage: tiling
©2012 P.B. Lecron