Paul Manship 1885-1966
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Flight of Night, 1916

The young Manship studied in Rome until 1912, building a repertoire of images and forms from a deep appreciation for antiquity. When he returned to the United States in 1912, his work was greeted with critical and commercial enthusiasm. At his first show at the Architectural League in New York, the exhibition of 96 bronzes sold out. The following year he showed ten works at the National Academy of Design in New York, Kenyon Cox noted that Manship’s sculptures “give one some clear notion of a personality still in the making but already full of originality and charm” [as quoted in Harry Rand, Paul Manship (1989) p. 25]. His rapid ascent to prominence in American sculpture fueled a long and successful career.