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Art and Images in Psychiatry |

Champs de Mars: The Red Tower

James C. Harris, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009;66(9):930. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2009.131.
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The Eiffel Tower, named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, is the tallest building in Paris, nearly twice the height of the Washington Monument in the US capital, completed in 1884, only 5 years before it. More than 200 million people have visited it since its opening on May 6, 1889. It was the entrance arch to the World's Fair (Exposition Universelle) that celebrated 100 years of progress since the storming of the Bastille and the French Revolution.2Originally a 20-year permit was granted to Eiffel with the expectation that the city of Paris would tear the tower down in 1909 when ownership reverted to the city. But its value as a communication tower was recognized and it was allowed to stand.

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Robert Delaunay (1885-1941), French. Champs de Mars: The Red Tower, 1911/1923. Oil on canvas, 63¼ × 50⅝ in (160.7 × 128.6 cm). Inscribed on verso: “Champs de Mars / La Tour rouge / 1911 / r. delaunay (époque destructive).” Joseph Winterbotham Collection, 1959.1 Post Treatment. Reproduction, The Art Institute of Chicago. http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/9503. © L&M Services B.V. The Hague 20090708 (The Netherlands).

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