Gaston Lachaise

Gaston Lachaise
Paris, France 1882
New York, New York 1935
Active in
  • Boston, Massachusetts
U.S. States
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Luce Artist Biography

Gaston Lachaise grew up in Paris, studying at the Ecole Bernard Palissy and at the National Academy of the Beaux-Arts. Around 1900, he began an affair with Isabel Dutaud Nagle, a married Canadian American. A few years later, with only thirty dollars and no knowledge of English, Lachaise followed Isabel to America. He apprenticed to the sculptors Henry Hudson Kitson and Paul Manship and worked more than twelve hours a day, only stopping to see Isabel and sleep. In 1913, Isabel’s divorce came through and they were finally able to marry. Lachaise was devoted to his wife, modeling numerous sculptures of her and even asking his patrons for extra money to buy her gifts.

Works by This Artist

bronze on marble base
ca. 1918-1919
cast and painted plaster
ca. 1932-1935
pencil on paper