Gaston Lachaise 1882 —1935


Born in Paris, Gaston Lachaise was the son of a master cabinet-maker and wood carver with whom he trained. At age 13, he enrolled in the Bernard Palissy School to study sculpture and at age 16 in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He also worked for Rene Lalique of the famous glass making family.

In 1906, he arrived in Boston where he worked for Henry Hutson Kitson. He became enamored with Isabel Dutaud Nagle, and she, 10 years older than he, became the passion of his art and life. He then established a studio in New York where he repeatedly sculpted the figure of Isabel. His major artistic influence was Paul Manship, whom he served in New York as a studio assistant. Lachaise was financially successful but his wife lived lavishly making them poor and recipients of charity.

Lachaise also spent many of his summer months in Maine, especially in Georgetown, and he was a member of the Woodstock, New York Art Association.


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Works by the artist are in many American Museums including:

The Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Northern Arizona, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford CT, San Diego Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Center, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, Snite Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Addison Gallery of American Art, Fogg Art Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Toledo Museum of Art and others.


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