About This Artwork

Paul Manship
American, 1885–1966

Dancer and Gazelles, 1916

H. 78.7 cm (31 in.)
base: 84.5 x 25.4 cm (33 1/4 x 10 in.)
Inscribed: "Paul Manship c 1916"

Friends of American Art Collection, 1916.444

This graceful trio by the Minnesota-born sculptor Paul Manship exemplifies his ability to synthesize different artistic influences in his work. The dancer, raised elegantly on the balls of her feet, gestures with her arms toward the two gazelles in a pose reminiscent of Indian art; in contrast, the stylization of the draped fabric of her skirt recalls archaic Greek sculpture. The work also highlights Manship’s keen eye for detail; the linear ornament that adorns the skirt and the plinth is striking in its refined beauty. Despite its assimilation of past art forms, Dancer and Gazelles remains fresh and original, and it is one of Manship’s most admired works.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Progress, June 1–Nov. 1, 1933, cat. 1164.

Publication History

Friends of American Art Yearbook, 1914 (Art Institute of Chicago, 1915), no. 105.

Bulletin of The Art Institute of Chicago 10 (Art Institute of Chicago, 1916), ill.

International Studio 61 (1917), ill.

A.E. Gallatin, Paul Manship (New York, John Lane, 1917), n.pag., ill.

Edwin Murtha, Paul Manship (MacMillan, 1957), no. 85.

Judith A. Barter et al, American Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago: From Colonial Times to World War I (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), pp. 340-342, no. 185.

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