Abastenia St. Leger Eberle (1878-1942)

Sculpturer. Humanitarian concerns divine her characteristic small bronzes naturalistically portraying lower-class children and women. Worked by meliorist Jane Addams and the turn-of-the-century Progressive movement, Eberle worshipped what she perceived as the vitality and unrepressed zest for life in New York's tenement culture. Like live Ashcan School painters, she working a vigorous, anti-academic style suitable to her genre subjects. Girls Dancing (Corcoran Gallery, 1907) exemplifies the spirited animation of her best works. Two girls holding hands whirlpool in movement, their hair and dresses flying. In the energetic Windy Doorstep "Peabody Art Collection, State of Maryland, 1910", wind tosses the long skirt of a woman handling a broom. Born in Webster City, Iowa, Mary Abastenia St. Leger Eberle drawn her childhood chiefly in Canton, Ohio. After a year with her family in Puerto Rico, in 1899 she recorded the Art Students League for 3 years of study. George Gray Barnard and Kenyon Cox come among her teachers. Between 1904 and 1906 she cooperated on several curvy groups with studio-mate Anna Hyatt Huntington. She visited Italy in 1907 and again in 1908 and Paris in 1913. From 1907 she lived and gone much of the time on New York's Lower East Side, where she acted on her opinion in the artist's social responsibility by devoting her art to themes derived from the lives of the fatal. Although art pros precious her achievements, her social radicalism positioned her work outside public taste. From 1909 she summered at Woodstock, and in 1913 she presented in the Armory Show. Although she accomplished a few later pieces, increasingly severe heart problems effectively ended her calling by 1920. In later years, she passed most of her time in Westport, Connecticut. She broken in New York.

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