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The Fatherland in Danger

Painting of army departing from family


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).


Title in French
La Patrie en danger


Museé de la Révolution Française, Vizille

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"The Fatherland in Danger," in World History Commons, [accessed August 6, 2022]