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Fran├žois Rude (4 January 1784 - 3 November 1855) was a French sculptor. He was the stepfather of Paul Cabet, a sculptor. Born in Dijon, he worked at his father's trade as a stovemaker till the age of sixteen, but received training in drawing from Fran├žois Devosges, where he learned that a strong, simple contour was an invaluable ingredient in the plastic arts In 1809 he went to Paris from the Dijon school of art, and became a pupil of Pierre Cartellier, obtaining the Grand Prix de Rome in 1812.


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