Girl Dancing

Bessie Potter Vonnoh American
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

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.

Girl Dancing, Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1872–1955 New York), Bronze, American

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