Francois Rude, Tete de la Marseillaise sculpture
La Marseillaise, a patriotic song of the French Revolution adopted by France as national anthem, is written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, captain Engineering while stationed in Strasbourg on the night of 25 to 26 April 1792.
French sculptor Francois Rude was born in 1784 in Dijon, France. In 1809 he went to Paris where he studied in conducting under the French sculptor Pierre Cartellier (1757-1831). Rude was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1812.
Probably his most important commission, a group on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris created in 1836, known as La Marseillaise (Depart des volontaires de 1792)
, gave Rude everlasting fame. Other important works by Francois Rude are Napoleon Awakening to Immortality created in 1845 and now in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and Mercury Fastening his Sandals After Killing Argos from 1827 in the Louvre museum in Paris.
Rude had several important students, among them Charles-Auguste Lebourg and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux