The Sower (O.Roty)
Subject:Figurative, Other

The Sower, also knows as Marianne or Liberty, symbolises the French Republic. She was exquisitely engraved in neo-classical style by O.Roty in 1887 and has appeared on French Franc and Centimes until recent times, in total on 650 million coins. She wears a Phygrian cap which symbolises a freed Roman slave. The seeds she sows are the innumerable ideas which will germinate when are no longer here. This image was captured from a 1960 5 Franc coin, and shows the ghostly figure from the past which lives on in the French imagination. The material damage made visible on the figure’s surface reflects the state of the French Republic, no longer the utopia originally promised. (Notes: The image has been printed using dye sublimation on aluminium to achieve a high contrast in good lighting or bright daylight. The print is UV stable, resists moisture, and is wipeable. It has been tray framed in a black frame. Postage has been quoted for London only.)

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