Rude, François

BORN 4 Jan 1784, Dijon, Côte-d'Or - DIED 3 Nov 1855, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (division 01)

François Rude worked with his father as a stovemaker until François Devosges taught him drawing. He went to Paris in 1809 and became a pupil of Pierre Cartellier. In 1812 he won the Prix de Rome. He was a Bonapartist and after the restoration in 1815 he went to Brussels where he worked for the architect Charles Vander Straeten.

In Brussels he married Sophie Freiniet. After he returned to Paris his work gained recognition around 1827. In 1833 he produced his "Neapolitan Fisher Boy playing with a Tortoise" (Louvre, Paris), for which he received the cross of the Légion d'Honneur. In 1836 he finished "Le Départ Des Volontaires En 1792" (also known as "La Marseillaise") for the Arc de Triomphe.

Among his pupils was J.B. Carpeaux. He produced many more sculptures and died in 1855 in Paris. In 1857 several of his works were shown posthumously at the Salon in Paris. In 1947 a the Musée Rude was opened in his birthplace Dijon.

Related persons
• was pupil of Cartellier, Pierre
• designed grave monument of Cavaignac, Godefroy


The grave of François Rude at Montparnasse, Paris.
Picture by Androom (22 May 1999)


• Claude Augé (ed.), Larousse Universel en 2 volumes, Librarie Larousse, 1922
François Rude - Wikipedia

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Published: 08 Feb 2009
Last update: 25 Apr 2022