Head of a Woman

  • Gaston Lachaise, Head of a Woman, 1935, bronze on marble base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.51, © 1935, Lachaise Foundation

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In 1906, with thirty dollars in his pocket and no knowledge of English, Lachaise left France for Boston in pursuit of the woman who would later become his wife. Head of a Woman is a stylized portrait of Isabel, his wife and muse. She was, he said, “the primary inspiration that awakened my vision and the leading influence that has directed my forces.”

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
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Gaston Lachaise created his first sculpture of his wife, Isabel, just a few weeks after they met. Once they were married, she became the subject for numerous ideal busts and nude figures, including Head of a Woman, which was originally carved in 1918. The Museum’s piece was cast from a plaster version of the carving, and was probably completed after the artist’s death in 1935.

Head of a Woman
Not on view
15 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 10 in. (38.7 x 21.6 x 25.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums Description
bronze on marble base
  • Figure female – head
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