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Woman Seated

Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935)

Object Details

  • Date

    1918, cast 1925

  • Object Type

    Sculptures

  • Medium

    Bronze with nickel plate

  • Contributors

    Cast by Roman Bronze Works

  • Dimensions

    10 5/8 x 12 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.

  • Edition

    1 of 4 recorded lifetime casts

  • Inscriptions

    On base:

    signed and dated: G. LACHAISE \ 1925

    inscribed: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

  • Accession Number

    2007.8

  • Copyright

    Public domain

Object Description

When he was just sixteen years old, French-born Lachaise qualified to study sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. But upon meeting Isabel Dutaud Nagle, a married Canadian American woman ten years his senior, a short time later, Lachaise fell in love and followed her to the United States.

Lachaise eventually married Nagle, and she became the artist’s sole muse and model for his vision of universal womanhood. Seated in a chair, she is rendered here as the essence of a modern woman, confident and self-assured. Wearing a strapless evening gown, slippers, and hair comb that the artist highlighted with nickel, Nagle’s voluptuous figure and bold curves evoke associations to goddesses and earth mothers.

Additional details

Location: On view
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Educator Resources
  • Why might the human figure take such an important place in art history? How has the human figure been portrayed differently throughout history?

    Why might an artist choose the medium of sculpture to explore a subject?

    What were the cultural norms for women in the United States during the 1920s? How did art promote these norms? How did it question or defy the norms?

    How have representations of women changed over time?

  • Describe the person you see in the sculpture. What is she wearing? What do you notice about her dress and her shoes? How is her hair styled? Is she young or old? How can you tell? What is the expression on her face? Does her pose seem passive and relaxed or more assertive and commanding?

    Do you think this is a portrait of a specific woman or a more generalized type of woman? Why do you think that?

    Besides the figure, what else did the artist include? What is the woman sitting on? How would you describe the chair? How would you describe the floor or ground? Where do you think she might be? If you were to create a background for this sculpture, what details would you include?

    Thinking about all the details discussed above, if she were a character in a story, what do you think this woman might do or say next?

    What materials did the artist use to create this sculpture? What do you notice about the colors and textures of the artwork? What else do you notice about the surface of the sculpture? Why do you think the artist chose to create a metal sculpture of the subject instead of using another medium like painting?

  • Grades 1–5

    Students will draw or paint a background for this sculpture. Students should consider these questions: Is she inside or outside? Are there other people nearby? Is she in a private space like her home or in a public space like an event?

    Grades 4–8

    Students will write a fictional biography of the figure in the sculpture. Who is she? Where is she from? Where does she currently reside? Who are her friends and family? What was her childhood like? What is her occupation? What activities or pursuits does she enjoy? What are her dislikes? How would one describe her personality?

    Grades 4–12

    Students will create a sketch of the sculpture. Students should consider these questions: What do they notice about the lines, shapes, and texture? Where does the light reflect the most, and where do the shadows fall?

    All Levels

    Using clay or other available materials, create a sculpture of a seated figure. What is the figure wearing? How is it posed? What is the figure’s expression? What kind of chair is the figure sitting on?

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