In the spring of 1922, Manship moved to Paris to live and work, where he stayed until 1926. Manship was inspired by the energy of the city and some of his most well-known works were produced during these years, including Diana, Acteon, Europa and the Bull, Flight of Europa and Indian Hunter and His Dog. Manship wrote, "Paris is the center of the world--and while I am not in the center of the whirlpool I feel the motion of it," (J. Manship, op. cit., p. 97). In 1924, when Vivian St. George was twelve years old, Mrs. St. George commissioned Manship to create a portrait of their daughter. Manship fashioned the young Vivian as Diana, a subject he had explored just three years earlier, with her hound at her side and arrows in her hand. Manship appropriated Diana as subject, synthesizing classical sculptural traditions borrowed from archaic Greek sculpture with his distinctly stylized modern forms to create a compelling portrait of a young girl. The present terracotta is a rare bust version of Manship's portrait which comes directly from the sitter's family.
P. Vitry, Paul Manship, Paris, 1927, pp. 45, 74; E. Murtha, Paul Manship, New York, 1957, no. 164, p. 163; J. Manship, Paul Manship, New York, 1989, p. 97
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