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Dancer and Gazelles

1916 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 Modern Art Foundry (Founder) bronze 32 1/2 x 33 x 10 in. (82.5 x 84.0 x 25.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.8 Not currently on view


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Dancer and Gazelles won Paul Manship the 1917 National Academy prize for best young sculptor and established his reputation as an up-and-coming artist. The tension in the small areas between the figures emphasizes the dancer's gestures, which command the gazelles' movements. Among artists of his time, Manship was unique in incorporating South Asian motifs and themes (Rather, "The Past Made Modern: Archaism in American Sculpture," Arts, November 1984). He derived this subject from ragamala paintings that illustrate Indian musical compositions. In these images, animals respond to the dance as cobras sway to the movement of a flute. Here, for instance, the gazelles mimic the motion of the dancer's hips and the sweep of the veil that flows from her neck.

Keywords

Animal - antelope

Figure female - nude

Performing arts - dance

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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