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Dancing Child (Charleston III)

1927 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 12 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 3 in. (31.9 x 13.2 x 7.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.29 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


Luce Center Quote

“Sculpture, it must be remembered, was not at any time a distinctly serious, grandiose, or heroic mode of expression. The revered ancients were often in a lighter mood, hence it is not unseemly that an American artist should be.” The artist, quoted in “Paul Manship in a New Mood,” Vanity Fair, July 1927

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Paul Manship’s series Dancing Children shows chubby infants in characteristic poses from the Charleston, an American dance popular in the 1920s. He was inspired by the story of Krishna, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, who killed a snake-demon and danced on the creature’s head in victory. Manship took this image of a dancing child and adapted it to show the American dance.

Keywords

Figure male - child - full length

Figure male - child - nude

Performing arts - dance - Charleston

Recreation - dancing

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Manship

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

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