Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1872–1955 New York)
1897; cast ca. 1906
14 x 12 x 8 in. (35.6 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768
In her statuettes of solitary female figures, Vonnoh explored the rhythm of movement and the play of drapery over forms. "Girl Dancing" presents a fashionable young woman in a high-waisted gown stepping forward in a bowing posture. This dancer may possibly be part of a quadrille, a dance popular in the nineteenth century that was performed by couples in a square formation. The statuette is in keeping with the genteel turn-of-the century expectation that well-bred women occupy themselves by reading, playing music, or dancing.
Signature: [top of base, back]: Bessie O. Potter. / 1897 / No X / Copyright
Marking: [foundry mark, left side of base]: Roman Bronze Works N.Y.