Shoebill Stork

  • Priessmann Bauer & Co., Angelo Colombo, Paul Manship, Shoebill Stork, 1932, lapis lazuli, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.1

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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.
Title
Shoebill Stork
Artists
Date
1932
On View
Dimensions
19 1/8 x 11 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (48.7 x 29.8 x 14.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – stork
Object Number
1965.16.1
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