Owl (#2)

  • Paul Manship, Owl (#2), 1961, bronze on marble base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.42

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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.

Title
Owl (#2)
Artist
Date
1961
On View
Dimensions
10 x 9 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (25.4 x 24.1 x 10.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on marble base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – owl
Object Number
1966.47.42
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