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Aristide Maillol

Victory

Artist

Aristide Maillol
Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, 1861 – Perpignan, France, 1944

Title

Victory

Date

1921

Materials

Bronze, 1/6

Dimensions

25.4 x 26.7 x 4 cm

Founder

Cast C. Valsuani, Paris

Credits

Purchase, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Volunteer Association Fund, inv. 1972.21

Collection

Western Art

Based on a terracotta relief designed by Aristide Maillol, this classical-styled bronze Victory comes from an edition of six works made using the lost-wax casting technique at the Claude Valsuani foundry in Paris. The figure’s meditative pose, reminiscent of Maillol’s Douleur war memorial in the town of Céret, is characteristic of his artistic investigations. The drapery and crown of laurels (a symbol of victory) are a direct reference to classical Greek art, which the piece’s rectangular format emphasizes, calling to mind as it does the metopes topping the architraves of ancient Doric temples.

© Estate of Aristide Maillol / SOCAN (2021)

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