Larger Type
Smaller Type

Search Collections

Pelican

1932 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 Angelo Colombo Priessmann Bauer & Co. (Founder) gilded bronze on lapis lazuli base 9 5/8 x 9 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (24.4 x 23.5 x 9.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48B


Luce Center Label

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.

Keywords

Animal - bird - pelican

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - lapis lazuli

cast

gilded

About Paul Manship

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

About Angelo Colombo

About Priessmann Bauer & Co.

More works in the collection by
Paul Manship

More works in the collection by
Angelo Colombo

More works in the collection by
Priessmann Bauer & Co.