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End of Day

1909 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 terra cotta 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (22.3 x 29.1 x 19.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.51 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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End of Day combines several of the young Paul Manship's early influences. Scholars cite the piece's similarity in style to the work of his teacher, Solon Borglum (1868–1922), and also attribute his interest in labor to the sculptures of Belgian artist Constantin Meunier (1831–1905), whose work Manship saw firsthand in Rome. Manship's sculpture shows a farmer leaning against his horses as if he would not be able to stand upright without them. The man's posture echoes the shapes in the horses' bodies, emphasizing the close bond between man and beast.

Keywords

Allegory - time - evening

Animal - horse

Occupation - labor

State of being - mood - weariness

sculpture

ceramic - terra cotta

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