Prior to World War I, Kolbe created sketches for numerous fountain projects that were never completed. Tännzerinnen-Brunnen (coll. Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin), however, was fully realized. In 1922, Kolbe created a plaster model of a dancer for an exhibition that was held during the spring of that year at the Academy in Berlin. It is assumed that Kolbe received two commissions as a result of the exhibition. One for a free standing bronze version of the dancer, Tännzerinnen, of which the present sculpture is a later cast. And another for a bronze of the dancer attached to a fountain, Tännzerinnen-Brunnen. Since the various elements of the fountain were completed at different times, the overall composition is a testament to Kolbe's evolving creative and stylistic development.