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Robespierre doesn't cuddle by suburbanbeatnik Robespierre doesn't cuddle by suburbanbeatnik
No, he doesn't. And he thinks the less of you, for not spending every waking moment of your day planning for the coming of the Republic of Virtue!
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure Maxime would take to time travel very well! I can see him fainting and/or having an asthma attack (maybe both at the same time).
I'm sure I'm strong enough to pick him up. He's just a little slip of a boy.
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly, I discover that Doctor Who did indeed have a Thermidor adventure (the year before I was born), but not in a way I'd like…
Standard pop-culture/Orczy-influenced, anti-Max depiction…

At least the boy has got a stripey waistcoat, but he's cast far too old (even allowing for how ill he looked by summer of Year 2), but really… Ahem!
Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror
The Reign of Terror – Maximilien Robespierre
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
And I'm thinking more about whisking him off on today's anniversary (10 Thermidor) – getting him to a decent modern surgeon, and a restful long convalescene. A dear friend of mine was put back together very effectively after an even worse facial injury in a rail accident.
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's where the lifelong rampant hurt/comfort complex comes in… ;-D
He needs looking after.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Yes, I know!

I have actually been interested in the French Revolution since I was very young and dear Maxime has always been one of my favourite historical people. There is just something very interesting and also very tragic about his fate and role in the Revolution. Have you been reading a lot about the Revolution? Do you have any favourite historical people?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I haven't read about the French Rev for a while, but I always found Camille and Maxime to be the most interesting. The two of them were actually quite tragic. I have a hard time liking Sant-Just, and Danton is just... tiresome. One of the things that annoys me about the FR is how women were marginalized into this barefoot housewife Rousseauesque role. Women actually played a far more active role in the English civil war, what with defending manors during sieges and riding at the head of armies, which is one reason I suppose I'm more into that period now.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
I find the French Revolution to be a very interesting period in history and full of interesting and tragic human fates. But I understand your reasons. And yes, the women were marginalized, but still there were some women who still got to play a vital role during the Revolution.

Sometimes it can be very hard for me to choose a single historical period I love. There are so many great ones to choose from!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, those three women were Mme Rolland, Charlotte Corday and Marie Antoinette. ;P I was more interested in everything French revvy back in '02, but I'm a little bit burned out on it now.

Although I did want to get all Jacobin on Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst. Imagine, completely ignoring the revolutionaries and turning Versailles into a big farkin' cotton candy lovefest. Gah! Viva la revolucion!
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AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Always felt really sorry for Charlotte Corday. Just think - he would have died within a year anyway of that skin disease! (I like how Jacques-Louis David edited out that gruesome little detail in his painting!)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Skin disease isn't as heroic. Wouldn't you just love to see Goya's version of the death of Marat? I bet it would be quite grotesque- and very realistic!
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Those women were really awesome! I especially love Mme Rolland - she was a very strong woman who knew how to handle the men and she was also very intelligent.

So did you like the movie Marie Antoinette. Many people hate it because of the use of modern music. I love the movie. I must confess that I was a little troubled by the use of modern music too. But when I saw it I didn't think it was all that bad. I loved the costumes and I found the actor who played Louis XVI to be most charming. Now I don't even hear the modern music playing, it has become a part of the movie and I just love everything about it. Some even say that it's too slow. I don't think so. And I also like the fact that she didn't show how Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI died. It always makes me so sad. We all know what happened to them. So I like her ending more, we get to see some devotion between Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. I love that!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, I really disliked the movie. I love S. Coppola's other movies and I thought "MA" was a letdown. I described it to a few friends as "watching Kirsten Dunst simper for 2 hours." I thought it was tiresome and pointless, with a bunch of hugely miscast American actors mumbling their way through a second-rate script; all in all I thought it was generally a waste of resources. *shrugs*
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thatRandomer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
very nice scribbly style. :+fav:

and you're right, he doesn't seem like the cuddling type. more like the, chop-off-your-head-for-remaining-loyal-to-the-monarchy type.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahah... you describe him perfectly. :D
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ParadoxProven Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Ah, now Maxime and I can go and enjoy being our similar, non-touchy-feely selves.

But btw, I love how you drew him. Even the sketch lines add some flair to it. I wonder how he ever got the name of "green-veined," or at least any propaganda describing his supposed ugliness (though the anathema for Marat is worse, though... :P ). Looking through his portraits and depictions of him, he certainly wasn't close to it. Poor Robespierre. He only got so much love for the hundreds of years after his death.
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
There's an excellent chapter in Huet's book Mourning Glory on the way that his (and Danton's) images were manipulated for ideological reasons in 19C, and that people at the time described him as a very handsome young man. The terracotta bust by Deseine is the nearest one can get to the real Max in 3D, and he's a stunner.

Not touchy-feely? Fine. I want to sit down with him and have a cup of coffee or chocolate, and talk about revolutionary ideals… He was quite delicate physically and under a lot of nervous strain, so there's a lot of h/c potential, even before the horrors of Thermidor…
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The epithet "the sea-green Incorruptible" came from Carlyle, from his 1837 history of the French Revolution. (No one seems to be sure why he came up with this nickname; some people say that it was from the color of Maxime's favorite coat, his eye color, or that he was incorruptible as the sea. If you google "sea-green incorruptible" and "Carlyle" you'll find various theories.) And the people who labelled him as ugly were usually men living looong after Maxime's time. One of the nicest portraits of M. was done by Adelaide Labille-Guiard, here- [link] - and as you see, he looks adorable. :D
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I suspect it's from Mme de Staël's weird comment about him having "green veins". (In Vive La Révolution, Mark Steel takes the p* brilliantly about the way all the Revolutionaries were redefined and redescribed as "ugly" afterwards, despite strong visual evidence to the contrary with many of them! Poor little Max often was described in vampiric terms – I suppose because of that ghastly caricature of him squeezing blood from hearts.)

I tend to think of him as "le bel Incorruptible" these days… Heart 
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Laika83 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Haha, amazing.
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white-erebus Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
I love this. And I love Robespierre. He can cuddle with me anytime. This is going on my favourites!
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Of I start NOW on devoting my entire being to terror and virtue, can I cuddle the Robespierre?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe! But aren't you Robespierre?! ;P
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Exactly. My life's already devoted.
Ergo, I am going to go cuddle myself now.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Bravo, Maxime, well said! :lmao:
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AkariMiyuki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
Sadly He didn't cuddle Eleonore. ...If he doesn't cuddle, then I will cuddle him....poor MaximeXD He need hugs:D
I love this drawing!!!! :D :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, poor Maxime strikes me as not being a particularly touchy individual. Too bad... I'm sure that then, as now, there were lots of people just dying to show him how much they loved the Republic of Virtue... :D
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
McPhee's biography quotes letters he got from fangirls propositioning him… Poor boy.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
How handy that I just got the McPhee bio from the library! I have several female characters in my novel discussing how adorable he is, in case you were wondering about my feelings on the subject. 
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's difficult not to find him adorable. I've been gently subverting a Conservative and monarchist (I am neither!) aunt, by drip-feeding her Max eye-candy by email. She has concluded, he's "not just handsome; he's beautiful"! I smirk to myself…
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AkariMiyuki Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
And I forgot what does 'Virtue' mean?XD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Purity and goodness, mainly.
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AkariMiyuki Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Yes, sadly...the love is important for me. I can't understand them, mostly Saint-Just , he was handsome....but I think he had few mistresses, or not?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, I didn't mean to be confusing... I meant that Robespierre wasn't known for his womanizing, even though a lot of women were interested in him. (Hilary Mantel talks about this in "Place of Greater Safety" and in various articles.)
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Otherlander Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
Now, why on earth did you put this in Scraps? I love it, it's a great drawing! Seems we like the same historical figures ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks- I'm glad you like it! I just hate to see my gallery too full, that's all... I like to keep it small. :)
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Otherlander Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
:D ... I feel the same way too. But if a piece is really good, I see no point in ostracizing it into the Scraps section :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
*snuggles Maxime as he squirms*
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The trick is to pounce when he's ill and needs a bit of TLC…
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NuitsdeYoung Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
And to wave pâtisserie under his pretty nose. He's quite susceptible to pâtisserie and is known to versify about it.
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primulatook Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the attitude
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Daughter-Mestizo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Saint-Just begs to differ.

D-M
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007  Professional Filmographer
If he can cuddle with Éléonore Duplay, he can cuddle with me!
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Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
I love his expression. And his frilly frillyness.
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