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Owl (#2)

1961 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble base 10 x 9 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (25.4 x 24.1 x 10.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.42 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48B


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Paul Manship’s large figural groups are idealized and refer to mythic characters and stories. The artist used the same stylization in his animal sculptures as in his figural groups, but to different effect. In an intimate scale, this stylization accentuates the decorative quality of each animal. By exaggerating certain features or expressions, Manship also lets a little bit of their personalities peek through. This is especially visible in his gilded works, where the gold patina highlights the contours of the animal’s forms and their precise surface details. Many of Manship’s animal sculptures were originally created as part of his design for the gates of New York’s Bronx Zoo.

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Animal - bird - owl

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

cast

About Paul Manship

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

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