1918, cast 1925
Bronze with nickel plate
Cast by Roman Bronze Works
12 5/8 x 10 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.
1 of 4 recorded lifetime casts
signed and dated: G. LACHAISE \ 1925
inscribed: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Council
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.
We the People: Picturing American IdentityJune 15–September 8, 2013
This exhibition focuses on the fluidity of national identity through the creations of American artists, particularly in key moments in history when the definition of a singular American identity was challenged and ultimately reshaped.
A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and ZorachFebruary 17–May 13, 2018
A New American Sculpture investigates the integral relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in the sculpture of these four immigrant artists, showing how they redefined sculpture’s expressive potential during this rapidly changing time.
From Remington to O’Keeffe: The Carter’s Greatest HitsOctober 6, 2018–March 22, 2019
During the renovation, this exhibition features highlights from the permanent collection, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures, by some of America’s most renowned artists.