The Work

This sculpture is a copy of part of a monumental relief sculpture on the Arch of Triumph in Paris. It is called The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792, and is also known as The Marseillaise. Rude created this sculpture to symbolize the gathering together of the French people in defense of their country. The man’s thick beard shows his maturity, and the wind blowing through his long hair makes the sculpture more dynamic.

French embassy