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1938 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble base 14 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (36.9 x 67.4 x 14.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.46 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


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Paul Manship created several sculptures for the 1939 New York World's Fair, including the largest sundial in the world, Time and the Fates. Near this piece were placed four statues representing the times of day: Morning, Day, Evening, and Night. In these sculptures, Manship's flying figures expressed the rush toward a bright future promised to all Americans at the fair. The sculpture Day shows the sun god Helios racing forward with "energy, radiation, [and] speed" accompanied by two of his fiery steeds. (Manship Papers, quoted in Paul Manship, Harry Rand, 1989)

Keywords

Allegory - time - day

Animal - horse

Figure male - full length

Figure male - nude

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

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