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Winged Victory

modeled 1921 Daniel Chester French Born: Exeter, New Hampshire 1850 Died: Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1931 bronze 21 5/8 x 10 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (54.9 x 26.6 x 25.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Cass Gilbert, Jr. 1973.166 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Winged Victory is one of several bronzes that Daniel Chester French had cast from a maquette, a smaller model usually made of wax or clay. Near the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, a three-foot version sits atop a column commemorating American soldiers who fought in World War I. French based the sculpture on classical images of Nike, the goddess of victory. Her upraised hands holding a flag pay tribute to the men who sacrificed their lives to liberate Europe.

Keywords

Allegory - other - triumph

Fantasy - winged being

Figure female - full length

Object - other - flag

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Daniel Chester French

Born: Exeter, New Hampshire 1850 Died: Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1931

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