The Fatherland in Danger
This painting of the period by Gillaume Guillon Lethière shows the emotion caused by the prospect of loved ones departing for the army. Women had to part with their families in order to support the nation in its time of need. Notice the female statue overlooking the scene. This female figure represents "the Fatherland" because in French the word for fatherland is gendered feminine (La Patrie).
Museé de la Révolution Française, Vizille
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Museum of the French Revolution 85.14
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Oil on canvas
La Patrie en danger