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Torso of Valor

by 1933 Leo Friedlander Born: New York, New York 1888 Died: White Plains, New York 1966 bronze 34 3/4 x 27 3/4 x 12 3/8 in. (88.3 x 70.5 x 31.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander 1971.150 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W320


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Torso of Valor is a preparatory model for Leo Friedlander's equestrian sculptures Valor and Sacrifice, which together form the Arts of War monument, dedicated by President Harry Truman on Washington's Memorial Bridge in 1951. The finished gilded bronze monuments are the largest equestrian sculptures in America, each standing over nineteen feet high and ten feet wide. Instead of emphasizing her feminine features and idealizing her beauty, Friedlander decided to portray Valor as a fighter who personifies America's military power and moral courage in World War II.

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Figure female - nude

Figure female - torso

sculpture

metal - bronze

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About Leo Friedlander

Born: New York, New York 1888 Died: White Plains, New York 1966

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