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Maker(s):Manship, Paul
Culture:American (1885 - 1966)
Title:Centaur and Dryad
Date Made:1913 modeled; 1915 cast
Place Made:United States
Measurements:overall w/base: 28 x 18 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.; 71.12 x 46.99 x 29.21 cm; main group only: 16 x 21 x 10 in.; 40.64 x 53.34 x 25.4 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signed and dated on ground on which figures stand: PAUL MANSHIP (c) 1913, inscribed on base edge: Roman Bronze Works-N-Y
Accession Number:  SC 1915.14.1
Credit Line:Purchased from the artist
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

gently sloping base decorated with low relief panels of dancing Satyrs and Maenads, pair of fantastic beasts at either end, main group on top of centaur grasping fleeing nymph in partial drape with proper right hand over head; mythology

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With Centaur and Dryad, Manship melds the Archaic Greek love of etched patterns, smooth surfaces, and sinuous lines with the modern interest in abstraction, resulting in an intense presentation of passion and desire. As the centaur rears back on his hind legs, the centaur’s right arm encircles the dryad. Her garment flares out behind, secured only by a single band below her breast, revealing her body for display. She turns her head away from the centaur’s hot breath as he pulls her shoulder toward him in the opposite direction.

Though a sculpture of such emotional intensity might have seemed an unusual acquisition for a women’s college in 1915, President L. Clark Seelye rationalized its presence on campus. He described Manship’s theme as “the struggle of the beastly with the womanly,” and concluded, “Smith is a most appropriate place for it.”

mythology; violence; women

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