Bibliothèque Nationale de France - The National Library of France

This top 10 of images from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France displays cultural themes that are important to France’s national identity. In the list there is a portrait image of Albrecht Dürer, Picasso's poster for the peace movement, Van Gogh’s portrait of his doctor, ‘Doctor Paul Gachet’, a cartoon of Napoleon I and illustrations amongst famous French novels. Images represent the cultural past and support the development of new ideals in our society today! Have a look at these pictures preserved and protected by the National Library of France. 

Poster for the Peace Movement, May 1960 (litho), Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973) / Spanish, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, Peace Disarmament for the Success of the Summit Conference, Paris; Bridgeman Images.

Hunting Buffalo Camouflaged with Wolf Skins, c.1832 (coloured engraving), Catlin, George (1796-1872) / American, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, buffalo hunting under a white wolf skin;© Bridgeman Images.

The Man with the Pipe, Portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet (1828-1909) 15th March 1890 (etching) (b/w photo), Gogh, Vincent van (1853-90) / Dutch, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, Van Gogh's doctor and friend; given to BNF by Paul Gachet fils in 1929; copper plate in Musee d'Orsay, Paris; © Bridgeman Images

'The European Pantomime', cartoon of Napoleon (1769-1821) as Harlequin, King Louis XVIII (1755-1824) as Pantaloon, Queen Marie-Louise (1791-1847) as Columbine and the Congress of Vienna (coloured engraving), English School, (19th century) / English, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, © Bridgeman Images.

Self portrait, 1527 (engraving) (b/w photo), Dürer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528) / German, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, © Bridgeman Images

Three Heads of Children, 1506 (pen & ink on paper), Dürer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528) / German, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, 22.1x38.2 cms, © Bridgeman Images.

 Firework display at the Grille de Chaillot in Paris to celebrate peace, 14th July 1801 (coloured engraving), French School, (19th century) / French, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, © Bridgeman Images

Penitent man in India with plaited hair, from 'Usages Indiens', 1688 (w/c on paper), French School, (17th century) / French, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France,  © Bridgeman Images.

Illustration for 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) engraved by Eugene Michel Abot (1836-94) (engraving) (b/w photo), Vierge, Daniel Urrabieta (1851-1904) (after) / Spanish, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, Murder on Morgue Street; © Bridgeman Images

The Eiffel Tower, 1889 (colour litho), French School, (19th century) / French, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, built for the Universal Exhibition by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923); comparative height of other world buildings; © Bridgeman Images

 

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