biografía de Gaston LACHAISE (1882-1935)

Lugar de nacimiento: Paris, France

Lugar de defunción: NYC

Direcciones: NYC/Georgetown, ME

Profesión: Sculptor

Estudios: initial training with his father, a woodcarver and cabinetmaker; sculp. at …cole Bernard Palissy, 1895; with Gabriel Jules Thomas at …cole des Beaux-Arts, 1898; worked for René Lalique, 1904; worked for Henry Hudson Kitson, Boston; asst'd Paul Manship, NYC, 1912

Exposiciones: Boston AC, 1905, 1907; Armory Show, 1913; S. Indp. A., 1917-22; Bourgeois Gal., 1918 (solo); PAFA Ann., 1912, 1921; AIC; Salons of Am., 1922; one-ton figure The Mountain" exhibited at MoMA; relief, Century of Progress Expo., Chicago, 1933; MoMA, 1935 (retrospective); WMAA."

Asociaciones: Woodstock AA

Obra: Lachaise Foundation, Boston (they also control the number of castings made from his plasters); NMAA; WMAA; MMA; Hirshhorn Mus., Wash., DC; Albright-Knox Mus., Buffalo; Worcester (Mass.) Art Mus.; Nat. Coast Guard Mem., Arlington Nat. Cemetery; CMA; Newark Mus.; Morgan Mem. Mus., Hartford, CT; Phillips Coll.; Smith College Art Mus.; Woodstock AA. Public commissions: relief, RCA Bldg., Rockefeller Center, 1931; relief, American Telephone & Telegraph Bldg., NY.

Comentarios: Pioneer avant-garde sculptor. Came to Boston in 1906 with his wife-to-be, Isabel D. Nagle, who was his muse and the model for the stylized, monumental female nudes for which he is best known. Besides these standing and reclining figures, he also occasionally made male nudes and portrait busts, and during the 1930s produced several reliefs for public buildings. Author: Gaston Lachaise.

Fuentes: WW33; Fort, The Figure in American Sculpture, 208-09 (w/repro.); Baigell, Dictionary; Woodstock AA; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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