For more than fifty years, Paul Manship enjoyed an international reputation as one of America's finest sculptors. Awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1909 at age twenty-four, Manship completed a number of highly visible public commissions in his long career. His Prometheus Fountain at New York's Rockefeller Center and his work for the 1939 New York World's Fair are among his best-known projects. In this photograph Manship poses in his studio behind a marble bear and in front of another of his famous commissions, the Celestial Sphere, done in honor of Woodrow Wilson. Ultimately destined for a location in front of the European offices of the United Nations in Geneva, this monumental sphere combines Manship's interest in Greek classicism with his dedication to the high modernist aesthetic.
Walter J. Russell (lifedates unknown)
Gelatin silver print, circa 1939
ARTnews Collection, New York City
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