Flying Figure with Birds

  • Paul Manship, Flying Figure with Birds, n.d., bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.48

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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. Flying Figure with Birds was a study for Evening, which depicts a calmer moment Manship described as “that time of inactivity before the movement of night begins, and the figure is falling asleep, with the shadows of evening over it.”

Title
Flying Figure with Birds
Artist
Date
n.d.
Location
Dimensions
3 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (7.6 x 14.0 x 5.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Figure female – nude
  • Fantasy
  • Animal – bird
Object Number
1966.47.48
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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