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Girl Skating

Abestenia Saint Leger Eberle (American, Webster City, Iowa 1878–1942 New York)
13 x 11 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (33 x 28.6 x 15.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772
Girl Skating is a sympathetic portrayal of a child hurtling forward on just one roller skate. She utters an excited cry, her outstretched arms balancing her body against the wind that sweeps back her hair and presses her ragged dress against her torso and thighs. The work reveals Eberle as an artist with a social conscience, who saw it as her mission to serve as "the specialized eye of society" through her statuettes of the urban poor, especially those living on New York’s Lower East Side.
#4580. Girl Skating
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Inscription: Signed and dated (back of base): A.SLEberle 06
the artist (1906–9; sold to MMA)

Bronx Museum of the Arts. "Games!!! ¡ Juegos!," February 1–March 6, 1972, no. 123 (as "Niña Patinando").

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Human Figure in Transition, 1900–1945: American Sculpture from the Museum's Collection," April 15–September 28, 1997, extended to March 29, 1998, unnum. brochure.

New Brunswick. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. "The Enduring Figure 1890s–1970s: Sixteen Sculptors from the National Association of Women Artists," December 12, 1999–March 12, 2000, no. 12.

Albany. New York State Museum. "Cast Images: American Bronze Sculpture from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 20, 2007–February 24, 2008, unnum. brochure (fig. 2).

Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, p. 136.

Janis Conner and Joel Rosenkranz. Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893–1939. Austin, 1989, pp. 28–29, ill. (collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), call it "Roller Skating (Roller Skater)".

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. 628–29, no. 288, ill.

Alexis L. Boylan. "'The Spectacle of a Merely Charming Girl': Abastenia St. Leger Eberle's 'Girl Skating'." Perspectives on American Sculpture before 1925. Ed. Thayer Tolles. New York, 2003, pp. 116–19, 122–23, 125–26, 128, figs. 92, 93 (overall and detail).

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