In 1936 Paul Manship was commissioned to execute four fountains, The Moods of Time, for the 1939–40 New York World's Fair. The works were Intended to stand in front of the Trylon and Perisphere, the tower and spherical exhibition hall that were the visual and symbolic center of the fair. The scale model of each of the fountains was cast in bronze. In Manship's own view, The Moods of Time "particularize man's earthly concept of time in relationship to the movement of the sun." Evening, for the artist, was a time of inertia, halfway between wakefulness and sleep. The figure is relaxed and fluid, falling asleep, surrounded by owls—the birds of the night—and by cloud forms, the shadows of evening.
Artist Paul Manship, American, 1885-1966
  • The Moods of Time: Evening
Date 1938
Medium bronze
Dimensions Overall: 44 × 67 inches (111.8 × 170.2 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shelden III Fund
Accession Number 82.3
Department American Art before 1950
On View Modern N2EE, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, on top of cloud at right: Evening Paul Manship Sculp 1938
Inscriptions Inscribed, on top of cloud at right: Evening Paul Manship Sculp 1938
Acquired from the artist;
Private collection (New York, USA);
H. Shickman Gallery (New York, New York, USA);
1982-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Murtha, Edwin. Paul Manship. New York, 1957, p. 180, no. 379.

Sculpture by Paul Manship. Exh. cat., Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C., 1958, no. 20.

Bulletin of the DIA 60, 1-2 (1981-1982): p. 17 (ill.).