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Gaston Lachaise

Standing Woman with Pleated Skirt

Artist

Gaston Lachaise
Paris 1882 – New York 1935

Title

Standing Woman with Pleated Skirt

Date

1926

Materials

Bronze

Dimensions

40.2 x 19.8 x 14 cm

Founder

Roman Bronze Works, New York

Credits

Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, gift of Roy Poretzky, inv. 2008.173

Collection

Western Art

Lachaise worked briefly for the jeweler Lalique in Paris before immigrating to the United States to be reunited with his lifelong muse, Isabel (“Belle”) Dutaud Nagle, the subject of this sculpture. He is best known for his female nudes, whose proportions recall paleolithic earth-goddess figurines (which he knew only from reproductions), with ample bosoms, hips and buttocks proclaiming fertility. Although Lachaise sculpted numerous sexually charged nudes, here Belle is clothed and displays a mature, almost matronly composure. A small though voluptuous woman, she is presented to the public as the artist saw her privately: grand and sensual. Lachaise once wrote to her, “You are the Goddess I am searching to express in all things.”

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