Victoire by Rene Lalique

Victoire by Rene Lalique, 1928, glass hood decoration for a car. Currently housed in the V&A Collection, London, UK

Title: Victoire
Date: 1928
Movement: Art Deco

Lalique’s Victoire sculpture is exemplary of Art Deco style. Victoire stands on its own as a sculpture but is also an elegant touch to the automobile for which it was designed to grace. The craft of glassblowing produces a fine art sculptural object and a functional luxurious product for which Lalique was well-known. Since glass is a fragile and brittle material it’s use adds to the rarity and decadence of the object.

Victoire portrays a female figure facing into the wind, her face jutting forward and her hair trailing behind like a single wing. Only her head is visible leaving the viewer to imagine her body arching into the force of the wind. The sculpture embodies the sensation of speed and the machine age and the liberation that technological advance brought in the 1920s.

Artist: Rene Lalique
Born: 6 April 1860, Ay, France
Died: 1 May 1945, Paris, France

Rene Lalique was a designer best known for his creations of glass rt, perfumery bottles, vases, jewellery, clocks and hood ornaments. He died in 1945 and was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

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