A Retrospective Exhibition of Sculpture by Paul Manship, February 23-March 16, 1958

A Retrospective Exhibition of Sculpture by Paul Manship, February 23-March 16, 1958

A Retrospective Exhibition of Sculpture by Paul Manship, February 23-March 16, 1958

A Retrospective Exhibition of Sculpture by Paul Manship, February 23-March 16, 1958

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Sculpture by Paul Manship communicates a wholesome appreciation of human and animal vigor, physical well-being, and beauty of proportion. Its exquisite lines convey a sense of graceful action, encompass breadth of design, and enclose finely textured surfaces of decorative richness. These combined virtues are pleasant to behold. Connoisseurs and critics of art have enjoyed sharing with Paul Manship the creative power he has exerted continuously and with dignity for nearly half a century.

Retrospective exhibitions often induce backward glances through periods emphasizing changes in a man's career. They may reveal variations due to current vogues or the influences of others. In Manship's work doubt and experimentation seem to have been confined to student days; the quest for technical expression seems limited to a few intensive years when, like a medieval journeyman, he wrought a style of his own from the best of each master under whom he labored. Completing three richly productive years of travel and observation in Rome and other art centers of the Western World, he emerged as a mature craftsman and immediately brought forth works of freshness and unique vitality.

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