Scene from the French RevolutionMade in France, Europe
Modeled c. 1879
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917
Wax on wood
* Rodin Museum, North Gallery
1970-4-1Purchased with Museum funds, 1970
LabelThis small study for a sculpture suggests that Rodin planned to enter a competition for a monument to the French Republic held in Paris in 1879. Although difficult to interpret, the scene likely represents the enrollment of volunteers in the Army of the French Revolution of 1792. The sculptor does not seem to have taken his ideas any further than this sketch created in the pliable medium of wax.
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