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Artist:
William Zorach, born Eurburg, Lithuania 1889-died Bath, ME 1966  Search this
Medium:
French marble
Dimensions:
42 3/8 x 15 x 12 1/8 in. (107.7 x 38.1 x 30.8 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1944
Luce Center Label:
William Zorach created Victory to memorialize the 1944 Allied victory over German forces after D day. It was one of the artist's biggest successes, and one enthusiastic critic judged it "one of the finest sculptures ever done in this country" (Lansford, Art Digest, March 15, 1947). To suggest the early tradition of commemorating battles with statues of the goddess Victory, Zorach evoked the "simple pure loveliness" of an ancient Greek statue by making the work as simple as possible, covering the torso in the barest of skirts, and creating a smooth silhouette (Zorach, "General Survey of the Background of Modern Sculpture," Lecture I, presented at Columbia University, Summer 1939, Zorach Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution).
Luce Object Quote:
"I made another torso, in marble---it is 'Victory,' perfectly streamlined, and without adornment---in strict simplicity and clarity." The artist, in his book Art is My Life; The Autobiography of William Zorach, 1967
Topic:
Figure female\nude  Search this
Allegory\other\triumph  Search this
Figure female\torso  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Susan Morse Hilles
Object number:
1971.76
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1st Floor, North Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk79bf38908-6bd0-4908-ba91-f5249b0e5186
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1971.76