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Dancing Class

1967 Dorothea Greenbaum Born: New York, New York 1893 Died: Princeton, New Jersey 1986 bronze 23 1/4 x 6 x 7 5/8 in. (59.0 x 15.2 x 19.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of David S. Greenbaum 1974.103 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46B

Luce Center Quote

“I am interested in forms that displace the air around them.” Artist quoted in Dorothea Greenbaum: A Retrospective, Exhibition Catalogue, 1972

Luce Center Label

The body inspired Dorothea Greenbaum, who strove to tap into the “natural rhythms” that humans exhibit in their forms and actions. Although her art is based on nature, she contemplated and refined her subjects to create personal, original works of art. Dancing Class is one of Greenbaum’s many figures that portray adolescence, and the balance, elegance, and poise seen in it are characteristic of her work, which “dignifies the familiar” (Helen Schwartz, Dorothea Greenbaum: A Retrospective, 1972).


Figure female - child

Performing arts - dance - ballet


metal - bronze