This bold sculpture by artist Gaston Lachaise depicts a voluptuous woman with a confident stance and was modeled after his wife.
This piece is one of the most well known works by the artist. It is meant to be seen as a whole and from a distance since the face lacks detail. It has a striking presence when viewed from afar and closeup.
Gaston Lachaise was born in France and received formal classical training at the Academie Nationale des Beaux-Arts. While in Paris, he was twice a runner-up for the prestigious Prix de Rome award. Early in his career he met an American woman and moved with her to New York City. His love for her greatly influenced his work which focused predominantly on the nude female figure.
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This sculpture is located just to the south of the main axis of the Tuileries garden in a parterre. The tree-framed space is a perfect compliment to the sculpture.
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