Gaston Lachaise

French, 1882–1935

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Gaston Lachaise

French, 1882–1935

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Best known for his sumptuous bronze sculptures of female nudes, Gaston Lachaise created a large body of cast portraits during his life, synthesizing classic technique with a modernist vernacular. Born in Paris, Lachaise immigrated to the United States in 1906 in pursuit of his muse and eventual wife, Isabel Dutaud Nagle, who was the model for many of his sculptures. In the United States, he traded his academic style of portraiture for a modernist approach that emphasized forms and textures; this aesthetic is apparent in his small bronze standing figures and busts of men and women. “My interest in portraiture has always been keen, for a portrait of an individual is a synthesis of the prevalent forces within the individual, and in this process there is an expansion for the creator,” Lachaise wrote in 1928.

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Biography

Best known for his sumptuous bronze sculptures of female nudes, Gaston Lachaise created a large body of cast portraits during his life, synthesizing classic technique with a modernist vernacular. Born in Paris, Lachaise immigrated to the United States in 1906 in pursuit of his muse and eventual wife, Isabel Dutaud Nagle, who was the model for many of his sculptures. In the United States, he traded his academic style of portraiture for a modernist approach that emphasized forms and textures; this aesthetic is apparent in his small bronze standing figures and busts of men and women. “My interest in portraiture has always been keen, for a portrait of an individual is a synthesis of the prevalent forces within the individual, and in this process there is an expansion for the creator,” Lachaise wrote in 1928.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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Louise Bourgeois and Gaston Lachaise: A Shared Passion for the Female Form
Feb 26th, 2014
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