Sargent Murals at the Widener Library, Harvard

Death and Victory

The mural on the left, Death and Victory, glorifies the grim price that this war exacted. A lone Harvard soldier, gripped closely by the partly shrouded figure of Death, embraces the form of beautiful, luminous Victory, with her palm branch held high. Beneath his feet lies a fallen German, amid blood, barbed wire, and ammunition—the mortal enemy defined. The jingoistic, collective fervor of Entering becomes here an altarpiece for a youthful martyr.
Death and Victory, 1922
Oil on canvas, 439.42 x 186.69 cm
Entering the War, 1922
Oil on canvas, 444.04 x 186.69 cm
Widener Library, Harvard University
The Triumph of Religion