PAUL HOWARD MANSHIP (1885-1966)
PAUL HOWARD MANSHIP (1885-1966)
PAUL HOWARD MANSHIP (1885-1966)
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Property from a Private Collection, Laguna Niguel, California
PAUL HOWARD MANSHIP (1885-1966)

Lyric Muse

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PAUL HOWARD MANSHIP (1885-1966)
Lyric Muse
inscribed 'PAUL MANSHIP/© ROME 1912' (on the base)—inscribed 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N.Y. (along the base)
bronze with greenish brown patina
11 in. (27.9 cm.) high on a 3/4 in. (1.9 cm.) marble base
Modeled in 1912.
Provenance
Jean Paul Carlhian, Concord, Massachusetts.
Private collection, by descent from the above.
Conner Rosenkranz, New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2017.
Literature
E. Murtha, Paul Manship, New York, 1957, pp. 11, 150, no. 19, pl. 4, another example illustrated.
H. Rand, "The Stature of Paul Manship," Paul Manship, Changing Taste in America, exhibition catalogue, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1985, pp. 18-19, no. 9, another example illustrated.
J. Manship, Paul Manship, New York, 1989, pp. 26-27, 36-38, 45, pl. 26, another example illustrated.
H. Rand, Paul Manship, exhibition catalogue, Washington, D.C., 1989, pp. 26-27, 29, 32, 65, 192n.5, fig. 14, another example illustrated.
S. Rather, Archaism, Modernism, and the Art of Paul Manship, Austin, Texas, 1993, p. 85, cover illustration of another example.

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Lot Essay

Created during the spring of Paul Manship's final year at the American Academy in Rome, Lyric Muse is one of a series of small Greek-inspired sculptures that "were all distinguished for strong design, carefully organized decorative patterns, and especially crisp and suave modeling...The three of them combined in the same work resulted in an art that was profoundly different from the naturalistic, freely modeled sculpture of the prevailing American style...Within a few years Manship's lead in imposing effective sculptural forms upon nature was being followed by many young American sculptors." (E. Murtha, Paul Manship, New York, 1957, p. 11)

According to Edwin Murtha, Lyric Muse was produced in an edition size of fifteen. Other examples of this work are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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