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.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 19B
Luce Center Label
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.
Allegory - other - triumph
Fantasy - winged being
Figure female - full length
Object - other - flag
metal - bronze