- 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.
- Data Source
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Paul Manship, born St. Paul, MN 1885-died New York City 1966
- Angelo Colombo, Italian, n.d.
- Priessmann Bauer & Co.
- Credit Line
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
- gilded bronze on lapis lazuli base
- 11 3/4 x 5 x 4 1/2 in. (29.9 x 12.8 x 11.5 cm)