On Avenue A
Mary Abastenia St. Leger Eberle American
In the early twentieth century, Avenue A on New York’s Lower East Side was a teeming, vibrant locale for recent immigrants. In 1914 Eberle moved to nearby Madison Street and modeled On Avenue A, two girls dancing in the street to the hurdy gurdy, a crank-turned musical instrument. A committed social activist and suffragist, Eberle saw her art as means of expressing the beauty of the human experience regardless of class or origin. Here she presents a compassionate view of the urban poor at play, focusing on the unreserved happiness of the duo with symmetrical poses, animated faces, and swirling skirts.
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