1918, cast 1925
Bronze with nickel plate
Cast by Roman Bronze Works
10 5/8 x 12 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 of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
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.