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Dance of Air and Fire

1930 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble base 9 x 5 x 2 1/4 in. (22.8 x 12.8 x 5.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.64 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A

Luce Center Label

Paul Manship created several sculptures that depicted the four elements of fire, earth, air, and water. In this piece the two animated figures and the large circle of flames evoke a ritual dance or ceremony.


Allegory - element - air

Allegory - element - fire

Ceremony - dance

Figure group - nude


metal - bronze

stone - marble