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Standing Woman

Gaston Lachaise

American Art

On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
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 x 44 3/8 x 24 11/16 in. (224.8 x 112.7 x 62.7 cm)  (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"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Frank Sherman Benson Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Alfred T. White Fund, and Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Gaston Lachaise
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CAPTION Gaston Lachaise (American, born France, 1882-1935). Standing Woman, 1955-1956. Bronze, 88 1/2 x 44 3/8 x 24 11/16 in. (224.8 x 112.7 x 62.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank Sherman Benson Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Alfred T. White Fund, and Museum Collection Fund, 56.69. © Estate of Gaston Lachaise
IMAGE overall, 56.69_reference_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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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
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