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A Place of Greater Safety by suburbanbeatnik A Place of Greater Safety by suburbanbeatnik
This was inspired by the Hilary Mantel novel, "A Place of Greater Safety," quite possibly the best novel about the French Revolution I have ever read. In this very sturm und drang piece, Robespierre signs the death warrant of his good friends Camille and Lucile Desmoulins, whose son was his godchild. As he does so, Saint-Just- the sinister blond in the upper left hand corner- looks on...

I did this in my last term at Art Center, and I've forgotten about it until now. It was painted with acrylics on Crescent illustration board.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm fascinated too by the friendship of Camille and Maxime. It's so tragic... If you can, you should read Mantel's "A Place of Greater Safety." It discusses the relationship of those two in great detail.
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AkariMiyuki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
I would like to read Mantel's novel, but I have already search about him. I think he doesn't popular in Hungary and I don't know that translated his novels there. I think no:(....Is there on web somewhere?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hilary Mantel is a she. :D You find find "Place of Greater Safety" at amazon.de here: [link] Although I don't know if it's a German translation or not...
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EnjolrasdPontmercy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
I'm afraid to sound like a radical here, but if it weren't for men like Robespiere and Saint-Just, the french revolution wouldn't have taken place, and in every revolution you must make sacrifices.
I think that Robespiere knew what he was doing when he sentenced people to death, if not the Republic and the Revolution wouldn't have survived.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I understand your point. There are too many people out there who believe the reactionary, Carlyle-esque nonsense out of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" or "The Tale of Two Cities." The Revolution had to happen, and it was, not surprisingly, bloody. Robespierre was not as much "the sea-green incorruptible" but a good and moral man brought down by the violence and paranoia of his times.

However, as much as I admire Robespierre in some ways, he definitely had a dark side. You really should read "A Place of Greater Safety"- Hilary Mantel is definitely a Robespierreist, but she doesn't whitewash Maxime's more unpleasant tendencies. Here's a great article here that I think you'd find interesting... [link]
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. And I am wondering given some of his issues re: rigid thinking, the way he collapses under stress (he had frequent illnesses/possibly breakdowns), taking things personally, relationship awkwardness, some of his quirks… if he might be a fellow-Aspie. For all his faults, I find he's someone you can get to care about deeply. (And the fact he's so damn winsome doesn't do any harm, either!) The pressures he was under were breaking him physically and mentally.

He retained a core of moral sense: he was brought down in part because he was going to throw the book at Fouché and co for their atrocities. And the events of 9-10 Thermidor break my heart. It would have cost nothing to put another bullet in the boy, not left him suffering like that for 17hrs…
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah. I don't disagree. And he's not the bad guy in my novel either! The bad guys were guys like Fouche and Carrier. 

Also, what happened to Augustin really depresses me. 
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly.
Maybe Max should have issued an order to arm the fangirls to defeat the Thermidor lot…
It's just so heartbreaking…
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah... good old Maxime!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Was it a happy ending for Camille and Lucile Desmoulins? Or did they die like so many other aristocrats and offenders of the revolution by means of guillotine?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, they were both executed (Lucile after her husband), and their little boy- Robespierre's godson- was left orphaned, by his own godfather. Heartwarming, isn't it? :P
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Well.. some people! That's sad to hear, is it a terribly good book? My interest in it is growing. Oh, I also like this picture to, do you ever stop? lol
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a fabulous book- like I said, one of the best novels about the Revolution I've ever read. :) I'm sure you can find it at the library, too!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
Oh a trifle question I thought I had already asked but, is Mari Antoinette included? If so, how is she portrayed?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm... I can't remember, really. The emphasis is mainly on the revolutionaries- the main female characters are Manon Roland and Lucile Desmoulins. Glad you're getting the book- it's awesome!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
I'm definitely going to look for. And if I can't find, I'll buy it! It's always good to add a new item to one's French Revolution collection, am I right?
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
Uhhhhh.....ohhh no..... :fear: Your painting is cool...but the theme is....:tears:
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
Color adds so much to a scene. I'm glad that you mentioned the media used, as it adds to the appreciation of a work. Great job!
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
his glasses seem slightly before his time! XD maybe he's a time travelling agent from a far off future?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
actually, Robespierre did indeed have colored spectacles! His eyes were sensitive to the light :)
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
wow! i wish i was so knowledgeable! >_<
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, this happens when you've read a bunch of biographies about the guy... :P I <3 Maxime! (Even if he did send a bunch of people to their deaths...)
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
i'm guessing you like this period of history judging from your other works? :P
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Iguanarwhal Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
I heard they were green, which, of course, conjures images of Robespierre in Oz, the Emerald City in particular!

Regardless of the colors of his glasses, the picture is gorgeous and the book its based upon is amazing.
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