'Cecil Howard arrives at simplicity by the path of knowledge. There is a deal of tall talk about simplification, and too often it is not a matter of choice on the part of the artist, a discriminating search for essentials, but a stupid excluding of all matter too difficult to record. For that reason one is doubly grateful to Howard for his exposition in its honest form of one of the most important esthetic principles […] It is probably because he is so well informed that each sculptured idea carries with it a certainty of intent. The Dancer, Meditation and Fatigue become the embodiment of the mood or the movement they aim to express, done with an unsentimental grace and an aristocratic gesture.'
New York Evening Post, March 10, 1928, p. 11
The stone version of this elegant nude, carved en taille directe, was first exhibited at the Whitney Studio Club in 1928 where it was met with acclaim. Two further bronze cast of the model are known: one in the Whitney Museum of American Art, and one formerly in the collection of Henry Luce III, sold Christie's New York 27 December 2011, lot 30 ($37,500). The model appeared on the cover of the 2011 Conner-Rosenkranz exhibition catalogue: Conner-Rosenkranz: Selections from Thirty Years 1980-2010. The present bronze has a beautiful mid-brown patina.