Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889
Died: Bath, Maine 1966
French marble 42 3/8 x 15 x 12 1/8 in. (107.7 x 38.1 x 30.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Susan Morse Hilles
Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, North Wing
Luce Center 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
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).
Allegory - other - triumph
Figure female - nude
Figure female - torso
stone - marble
About William Zorach
Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966
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