Art is Original, but Not Unique: Woman (Elevation) Sculpture by Gaston Lachaise in Chicago, IL

Gaston Lachaise was born in Paris March 19, 1882, the son of a cabinetmaker who designed Gustave Eiffel’s apartment in the Eiffel Tower. Lachaise began studying sculpture at the age of 13 at the Ecole Bernard Palissey and was accepted four years later at the Academie Nationale des Beaux-Arts where he received formal classical training under Gabriel Jules Thomas. He exhibited annually at the Salon and was twice runner-up for the prestigious Prix de Rome award. Around 1902-1903 he met and fell in love with an American woman of French Canadian descent named Isabel Dutaud Nagle, who was in Paris overseeing the education of her son. Lachaise described Isabel, ten years his senior, as “majestic” and, later, as “the primary inspiration that awakened my vision and the leading influence that has directed my forces. Throughout my career as an artist, I refer to this person by the word ‘Woman’.” Over his lifetime, Lachaise wrote Isabel 567 letters declaring his love for her, and communicating the details of his commissions and work…

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Woman Sculpture

Second sighting of Woman (Elevation) (modeled 1912–15, cast 1927) by Gaston Lachaise at the Art Institute of Chicago.

This time the lady looks like you just walked in on her wandering around the museum naked.

The fact that several museums would have the exact same piece of art exhibited still strikes me as odd. When I see something in a museum, I expect it to be the only one of its kind. I guess we can under-estimate the amount of pieces an artist would make, or how many different variations of the same theme they would explore. And with sculptures, I guess once you’ve made the cast, you might as well make a few…

– Chicago, IL on August 1, 2013

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