French Sculpture Census

photo credit : The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
artist © : public domain

MERCIÉ, Antonin
Toulouse, Haute-Garonne 1845 - Paris 1916

Gloria Victis
Gloria Victis

after 1879
bronze

statue
H. 55

Acc. No. : 2012.36
Credit Line : Museum purchase with donations made in celebration of William J. Chiego's twenty years as Director

San Antonio, Texas, The McNay Art Museum

www.mcnayart.org

Provenance

  • 2012, Museum purchase with donations made in celebration of William J. Chiego's twenty years as Director

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 26 March 2015

Comment



Museum's website, 26 March 2015:
One of the most admired and editioned sculptures of the late 1800s in France, Gloria Victis! was conceived by Mercié while he was a student at the French Academy in Rome. The sculpture was originally executed with the figure of Fame supporting a victorious soldier, but Mercié replaced him with a defeated soldier upon receiving the news that France had surrendered to Prussia, ending the Franco-Prussian War. Gloria Victis! became an instant classic, its appeal both patriotic and aesthetic. Commemorating heroism in defeat, it served to console the nation after a bitter loss.