On Avenue A

Mary Abastenia St. Leger Eberle American
Cast by B. Zoppo American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772

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.

On Avenue A, Mary Abastenia St. Leger Eberle (American, Webster City, Iowa 1878–1942 New York), Bronze, American

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