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Andante (Dancing Girls)

Josef Mario Korbel (American, 1882–1954)
1917; cast 1926
43 x 53 x 10 in. (109.2 x 134.6 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1928
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Andante is one of a series of dancing figures by Korbel, its title referring to the moderate pace of the figures’ rhythmic movement. The two dancers stand on tiptoe facing one another and touching with the fingers of their right hands. Whereas the drapery falling in deep and precise folds from the nudes’ bent left arms suggests the artist’s indebtedness to early classical Greek sculpture, the smooth surfaces and idealized bodies of the two young women parallel the simplified nudes of French sculptor Aristide Maillol.
Inscription: Signed and dated (top of base, center): MARIO KORBEL / 19 © 26

Marking: Founder's mark: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N–Y–
Cast number (top of base, center): No. 2
the artist, New York (1926–28; sold, in exchange for a smaller version, to MMA)

Detroit Institute of Arts. "Arts and Crafts in Detroit 1906–1976: The Movement, the Society, the School," November 26, 1976–January 16, 1977, no. 85 (as "Andante").

Augusta Owen Patterson. "Mario Korbel and His Sculpture." International Studio 84 (July 1926), p. 53, ill.

Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, p. 145.

Joan M. Marter in American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 658–59, no. 301, ill.

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