Back of a Nude Woman
This exuberant ink drawing conveys the powerful energy and voluptuous eroticism of the female nude—a favorite subject of the modernist sculptor Gaston Lachaise. Here he reduced the body to a flattened outline of sinuous curves, relying on the expressive quality of his line to animate the figure. Inspired by his wife and muse, Lachaise presented a new feminine ideal that endowed the classical Venus type with modernist forms and earthy sexuality.
Black ink on cream, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper
Sheet: 17 7/8 x 12 in. (45.4 x 30.5 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed in graphite, lower left: "To Carl Zigrosser / G. Lachaise / 1929"
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Gift of Carl Zigrosser
© Estate of Gaston Lachaise
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Gaston Lachaise (American, born France, 1882-1935). Back of a Nude Woman, 1929. Black ink on cream, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper, Sheet: 17 7/8 x 12 in. (45.4 x 30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Carl Zigrosser, 38.183. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 38.183_PS2.jpg)
overall, 38.183_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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