Girl Dancing

Artist: Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1872–1955 New York)

Date: 1897; cast ca. 1906

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 8 in. (35.6 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.305


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.