His habit was to keep working at a theme until he got it right. Indian Hunter and His Dog, for instance, is the culmination of a long series of Indians, hunters, or Davids-partially nude young men with dogs at their sides, which were done over a period of more than ten years. The small version of The Indian Hunter with His Dog has always been one of his most popular pieces.

The Manship's were blessed by the birth of their last child, Sarah Janet, in 1929 and were
Indian Hunter and His Dog; 1926; Bronze
lucky to be well off during the long drought of the 1930's. Ironically, it was the stock-market crash of 1929 that indirectly led to the creation of Manship's most celebrated sculpture, because the Depression gave birth to Rockefeller Center. Art was intended to play an important part in the complex and the theme chosen for the center was "New Frontiers and the March of Civilization." Times were bad, and the construction of such an ambitious project was a sign of faith in a prosperous future; art was to underline this message. Manship was never completely happy with the subject of Prometheus, which he was commissioned to represent and which ultimately became his signature work. From the beginning Prometheus attracted an enormous amount of attention and it was considered one of the best-known works of public art in this country next to the Statue of Liberty. Despite Paul's disappointment with this piece, it is characteristic of his art: the gravity-defying figure with its stylized details, the strongly rhythmic outline of the composition, even the ring of the zodiac are all essential elements of Manship's mature work.

Manship also was given one of the choicest sites on the main mall at New York's 1939 world's fair. Paul decided to create a monumental sundial with four sculptural groups signifying the times of day, set in a large reflecting pool. Time and the Fates Sundial and the four Moods of Time were in many ways Manship's favorite works. They summed up his obsession with time. He believed that a major purpose of art, especially of art in the classical tradition, was to reconcile the passage of time with permanence. The monumental groups, which were executed in staff (a plaster of Paris compound) for the world's fair, have been lost; but the working models of various sizes were done in bronze after the war, and they are among Manship's most ingenious, complex, and inventive works.

Moods of Time: Day
1938; Bronze
Moods of Time: Evening
1938; Bronze
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