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Standing Woman

Gaston Lachaise

American Art

Even when inspired by a particular individual, representations of the human body can acquire universal meanings. Here, Standing Woman suggests an essential female force and vitality. Beginning in 1912, Gaston Lachaise began modeling standing figures inspired by his voluptuous American lover (and wife by 1917), Isabel Nagle.

Indicative of its greater significance, Lachaise referred to his subject, in all its permutations, simply as “Woman.” Owing to its celebration of female physical abundance, critics attributed to this work and others like it a timelessness and a kinship with prehistoric representations of fertility.
DATES 1955–1956
DIMENSIONS 88 1/2 × 44 3/8 × 24 11/16 in., 660 lb. (224.8 × 112.7 × 62.7 cm, 299.37kg)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Foundry mark stamped on back edge of base: "MODERN ART FDRY. NY."
SIGNATURE Incised on base behind proper left foot: "G. LACHAISE"
CREDIT LINE Frank Sherman Benson Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Alfred T. White Fund, and Museum Collection Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Over life-size statue of standing nude woman with exaggerated, bulbous forms and relatively small head; simplified facial features; hands on hips; contrapposto stance on rectangular base Condition: Good
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Gaston Lachaise (American, born France, 1882–1935). Standing Woman, 1955–1956. Bronze, 88 1/2 × 44 3/8 × 24 11/16 in., 660 lb. (224.8 × 112.7 × 62.7 cm, 299.37kg). Brooklyn Museum, Frank Sherman Benson Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Alfred T. White Fund, and Museum Collection Fund, 56.69. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.69_front_PS22.jpg)
IMAGE front, 56.69_front_PS22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Gaston Lachaise
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