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Oral history interview with Paul Manship, 1959 February 18

Manship, Paul Howard, 1885-1966

Art teacher, Author, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 13 Pages, Transcript

Format: Sound has been lost on tape reels; reels discarded.

Summary: An interview of Paul Manship conducted by John Morse for the Archives of American Art. Manship speaks of his training under Solon Borglum, his interest in Greek mythology and the influence of early Greek sculpture on his work, his views on the Federal Art Project, art and nature and modern distortion, the nature of design and the learning process, and abstract art. He discusses his "Prometheus" sculpture at Rockefeller Center.

Biographical/Historical Note

Paul Manship (1885-1966) was a sculptor in New York, New York.


This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4210 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Paul Manship, 1959 February 18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.