July 14, 2017


James Taylor Harwood (1860-1940), La Cite Paris, 1930, colored etching, 11 3/16 x 15 3/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.


Today is Bastille Day, the national holiday of France. Held annually on July 14, the day is held in commemoration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which was a crucial turning point during the French Revolution. Today, usual celebrations include a large military parade, fireworks, and other patriotic festivities.

Today’s Artwork of the Day is an etching by Utah artist James Harwood of Paris, featuring the River Seine in the foreground and the city in the background. Harwood spend over a decade in Paris studying at the Académie Julian and École des Beaux-Arts. He was the first Utah artist to have his paintings accepted into the Paris Salon.