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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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Pandaren-Chaplain Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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CarolineLorraine Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Magnifique ! originale !
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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CarolineLorraine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
;) (Wink) 
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skywishes19 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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skywishes19 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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FernGaze Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
This is amazing! It was an amazing book, too.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It was, wasn't it? :)
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Cszemis Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Writer
This is one of my favourite books so I squealed when I saw this. Its awesome
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! Thanks. :)
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Angie-the-Hunter Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
No problem, thanks!
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Angie-the-Hunter Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Ok thanks, I'll try and find the time for it! I'd really love to find a good book about the various characters on the 'Committee of public safety' too, but there doesnt seem to be much about in that way?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not really sure... it's been almost ten years since I've been reading up on the Revolution. Sorry, I wish I could help!
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Angie-the-Hunter Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Nice picture, I've read Simon Schama's 'Citizens' & and Ruth Scurr's 'Fatal Purity' (bio of Robespierre) but I just don't think I could find the time to get threw 'a place of greater safety' - it just looks too big. But who knows.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a quick read for a big novel. Believe me, I don't recommend big novels lightly, since I don't read many of them myself-- but "Place" is awesome!
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great Saint-Just pose :la:
I really love your pic :love:
And Camille and Lucile... :(
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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AzzaEnemy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Fantastic drawing! I noticed the title and decided to look because I've nearly finished the book :) I absolutely love it, Hilary describes the feelings of the revolutionaries like I've never red before. She displays each characters negative and positives with so much passion, I love every word lol :D I find the French Revolution so fascinating, during the time, how do you define the good and the bad? What is wrong and what is necessary? It's a hard one... :) The characters, especially Camille, Lucile and Robespierre are amazing and yet heartbreaking ... Sorry, rambling lol
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No, it's an awesome book! I'm glad you liked the pic. Dear Maxime, what a fascinating, adorable and scary guy he was. *shakes head*
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
....BUT THAT'S NOT FOR ME TO SAY. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE WHAT WAS IN HIS HEART.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
GREAT JOB ON THIS. MAXIMILLION'S DEATH WAS OVERDUE WHEN IT FINALLY DID COME.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Yes, I like him a lot, but that doesn't change the fact he had a lot of people put to death... :/
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
YEP.
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DarkLadyOSonnets Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
You are amazing. I could tell it was Robespierre before I even saw the guillotine in the backround. Now I must go find that book.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I've spent way too much time looking at Robespierre... the guy had such an interesting face. Hilary Mantel really captured his character in her book-- adorable but menacing at the same time.
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schawah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Good old Robespierre. I love this!
The book sounds really interesting.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Maxime has such a fascinating face...

It's a great book, I really recommend it!
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
I love the texturing you used :)
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
I have always been fascinated by Maximilien Robespierre and his friendship to Camille. It's so tragic!

Did you know that Robespierre became engaged to the eldest daughter of his host, Éléonore Duplay?

He said of her, "âme virile, elle saurait mourir comme elle sait aimer" ("noble soul, she would know how to die as well as she knows how to love"). They often walked together in the Champs-Élysées or the woods of Versailles or Issy. Many contemporaries and historians have suggested that she may have been his mistress, including Vilate, a juror on the Revolutionary Tribunal, who said, that Robespierre "lived maritally with the eldest daughter of his hosts," in reference to Éléonore. After his death she wore black for the rest of her life, never marrying, and was known as la Veuve Robespierre (the Widow Robespierre). During the Revolution, she studied painting under Jean-Baptiste Regnault.

The picture you have made is very dramatic and powerful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah! I know all about Éléonore. She's a big part of the Mantel novel- there's one scene where she seduces Maxime. Have you read Stanislava Przybyszewska's "Danton Case," and "Thermidor"? Éléonore plays a huge role in those too. Though I can't help but think Maxime would faint at how explicit his scenes are (they are pretty racy, for being written in the 1930s). They make out and Éléonore does a fair amount of groping, if I remember correctly.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
No, I have never read any of the books. But I will give them a try now, for sure. The way you describe them, they seem to be very interesting! You seem to know a whole lot about historical fiction. Have you read a lot of books in this genre? I love reading historical fiction.Mostly I tend to read historical fiction set in the Tudor/Elizabethan period and the French Revolution/Napoleonic era. But I would also very much like to read some stories set during the American Revolution.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Historical fiction is my middle name! Well, not literally, but you get the idea. About 6 years ago I used to read a lot of stuff set during the American Rev and French rev, but for the past few years I've been reading a lot of stuff set in Stuart England (and any fun Tudor books that come along, though I can't stand Phillipa Gregory). Rafael Sabatini is probably my favorite historical author (I love Scaramouche and Mistress Wilding). I also read my share of fantasy and sci-fi- Tanith Lee, Richard Adams, and Jane Gaskell are great.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
What is it that you can't stand about Phillipa Gregory? Is it her writing or the people she write about that displeases you?

I really like her writing and her books (mostly the books about the Tudor Period). But don't worry, I have nothing against other people not liking her. And I love discussing historical fiction with other people.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I tried to read "The Other Boleyn Girl," but I found her writing shallow and grating, and Anne and Mary acted like contemporary shopgirls in Tudor costume. The book also featured the deathless line, "Anne gave her sexy gurgle of laughter." Ew.

Plus the whole incest angle was ridiculous and cheesy- I'm no Anne Boleyn fan, but I found the whole depiction kind of insulting, in addition to being unbelievable. I don't understand why people think she's a good writer.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
I know that many people feel the same as you do when it comes to her writing. I, on the other hand, really love her writing. But that is what makes life so great - people don't have to agree on everything all the time. there has to be room for some differences.

I have always loved reading about Anne Boleyn and I found the incest angle really interesting - again I have to say that I can be somewhat scandalous. But then again, I also loved the John Ford play 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore (a wonderful play).
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, but if we're going to be reading each other's writing than I would hope our tastes would align a little bit more. Oh well!
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raelislington Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
It cannot possibly be greater than The Scarlet Pimpernel! ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I don't even want to go there. ;P Comparing those two books is like comparing apples and oranges!
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raelislington Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Hmmm. Now I'm intrigued.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I'm not really a big fan of Orczy- I remember what a slog it was reading Pimpernel back in high school. And I kept thinking, "If this is supposed to be entertaining, swashbuckling fluff, why I am so bored?" As far as French rev swashbucklers go, "Scaramouche" by Sabatini is much, much better.

As for Mantel, she was writing something more of a character-driven epic. But such is her talent there's not a single dull moment in all the 750 pages of "Safety."
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AkariMiyuki Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007
I like this drawing's mood. Maxime have been admirable.
It's interesting Maxime and Camille were friends. They learnt together at Lycée Louis-le-Grand. Yes, he was godfather of Camille son. But Camille was interesting person. He was follower of many people e.g. Mirabeau, Robespierre, later Danton. I think he wasn't determined person. Robespierre really liked him. He always saved him, but Camille went his way. He didn't value Robespierre's help. After he wrote ugly things about Robespierre. He forgot Robespierre's help.....therefor I'm angry for him and I'm angry for Maxime too, cos he didn't cross Camille's name out list of Saint-Just....this is the politics...
I believe I'm sorry for Maxime the best. His end was awful....:(

And sorry for my english...XD
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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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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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