Dec 6, 2012



c. 1924–26

Gaston Lachaise

(American, 1882–1935)


Sheet: 48.4 x 30.4 cm (19 1/16 x 11 15/16 in.)

Anonymous Gift 1964.465



Lachaise's highly personal sculptures of voluptuous nudes, inspired by his wife Isabel Nagel, display his idealized conception of the female figure with full, rounded breasts, arms, and thighs surrounding a delicate, slender waist. The artist's drawings, in which a single unmodulated line describes contour, are spontaneous and direct. Although this drawing was not a study for a sculpture, the figure has a three-dimensional quality suggested by the changes in the width of the line. Lachaise's drawings, like his sculptures, are dazzling combinations of force and grace, simultaneously heroic and erotic.

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