Sale 21PT06 | Lot 1061

Gaston Lachaise

Catalogue: Impressionist & Modern Art
Gaston Lachaise

Lot Details

Lot 1061
Gaston Lachaise
American, 1882-1935
Nude in Chair [LF 49], model 1925-1926/27, cast 1964
Inscribed G. LACHAISE / ©, stamped with estate stamp, edition number 1/11, and MODERN ART / FDRY. / N.Y. along the base
Bronze with a dark brown patina
Height 13 inches (33 cm)

Provenance:
The Lachaise Foundation, Boston, 1964
John B. Pierce, Boston, directly from the above, 1964 - after April 1973
Daniel A. Demarest, New York, directly from the above, until 2002
The Estate of Daniel A. Demarest
Sale, Christie's, New York, Mar. 4, 2003, lot 80

Literature:
Donald Bannard Goodall, Gaston Lachaise: Sculptor, PhD dissertation, Harvard University, 1969, vol. 2, p. 421, referenced (as Woman with Arms Upraised, c.1924)
Brummer Gallery, New York, Lachaise, Exhibition, exhibition brochure, New York, 1928, [n.p.], no. 8, another example (as Nude in Chair)
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Gaston Lachaise: Retrospective Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1935, p. 25, no. 26, another example illustrated (as Woman in Chair, c. 1924)
Detroit Institute of Arts, Sculpture in Our Time: Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Great Britain, The United States; Collected by Joseph H. Hirshhorn, exhibition catalogue, Detroit, 1959, p. 44, no. 16, another example (as Reclining Woman with Arm Upraised, 1924)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gaston Lachaise 1882-1935: Sculpture and Drawings, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, 1963, [n.p.], no. 49, another example illustrated (as Reclining Woman, with right arm raised, c. 1924)
H. Kramer, et al., The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise, New York, 1967, p. 48, no. 32, illus. of another example (as Reclining Woman, with Right Arm Raised, c. 1924)
D. B. Goodall, Gaston Lachaise: Sculptor, PhD dissertation, Harvard University, 1969, vol. 1, pp. 178, 246n. 12, 304, 308, 329, 516-18, 519, 559n. 147; vol. 2, pp. 271-72; 421-22; plate CXXI, plaster model, two other examples referenced (as Woman with Arms Upraised, c.1924); one of those examples illustrated (as Reclining Woman with Right Arm Raised, c. 1924)
University of Texas at Austin, University Art Museum, Not So Long Ago: Art of the 1920s in Europe and America, exhibition catalogue, Austin, 1972, [n.p.], another example illustrated (as Reclining Woman with Right Arm Raised, c. 1924)
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Gaston Lachaise, 1882-1935, exhibition brochure, Ithaca, NY, 1974, [n.p.], another example referenced (as Reclining Woman with Right Arm Raised, 1924).
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, New York, 1974, pp. 22, 710, fig. 276, another example illustrated (as Reclining Woman with Arm Upraised (Woman in a Chair), 1924).
G. Nordland, Gaston Lachaise: The Man and His Work, New York, 1974, pp. 111-12, fig. 51, another example illustrated (as Woman in Chair, c. 1924)
Art and Auction, vol. 5, no. 1, July-August 1982, p. 9, ad for an exhibition, Sculpture 1910-1930, Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, July-August 1982, illustrated (as Reclining Woman with Arm Raised, 1924).
C. Kinder Carr and M. C. S. Christman, Gaston Lachaise: Portrait Sculpture, exhibition catalogue, Washington City, 1985, cover, pp. 56-57, another example illustrated (as Reclining Woman with Arm Upraised (Woman in a Chair), model 1924, posthumous cast)
Janet Hobhouse, The Anatomy of Love, Connoisseur, vol. 215, December 1985, p. 92, another example illustrated (as Reclining Woman, Right Arm Upraised, c. 1924).
Gaston Lachaise: Sculpture, exhibition catalogue, New York, NY, Beverly Hills, CA, Berlin, Germany, Houston, TX, 1991, p. 82, no. 7, another example (as Woman in a Chair, c. 1924)
Museum of Modern Art, New York, The William S. Paley Collection, New York, 1992, pp. 68-69 158, no. 33, another example illustrated (as Reclining Woman, 1924)
S. Hunter, Lachaise, New York, 1993, pp. vi, 90-91, 242, another example illustrated (as Woman in Chair, 1924)
Musee d'art et d'industrie de Roubaix, Gaston Lachaise, 1882-1935, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2003, p. 83, fig. 50, and p. 191, no. 35, another example illustrated (as Femme couchée au bras droit levé (Reclining Woman with Right Arm Raised), 1924); English edition, Paris, 2007, p. 83, fig. 50, and p. 188, no. 34, another example illustrated (as Reclining Woman with Right Arm Raised, 1924)
J. Day, J. Stenger, K. Eremin, N. Khandekar, and V. Budny, Gaston Lachaise: Characteristics of His Bronze Sculpture, Cambridge, Mass., 2012, pp. 30, 40, 63, another example referenced (as Reclining Woman with Arm Raised, cast between 1926/27-21, probably in 1928)

Nude in Chair--the work's original title-represents the artist's wife, Isabel Dutaud Lachaise (1872-1957), in an informal, yet typically commanding pose. According to his own contemporaneous, unpublished records, Lachaise began the plaster model for this work in 1925 (and not in the previous year, as is generally thought), completing it in 1926 or 1927 and copyrighting it in 1927. Lachaise's masterful sculpture conveys his wife's remarkable comfort within her own skin, as an exemplary manifestation of the early twentieth-century American woman's liberated spirit.

The first bronze cast of Nude in Chair was included in Lachaise's solo exhibition at the prestigious Brummer Gallery, New York City, in early 1928. That cast, the only lifetime example, is owned by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. The present cast is the first of nine of a projected edition of eleven bronze casts issued by the Lachaise Foundation from 1964 to about 1984. It was cast posthumously from the plaster model, and was first owned by John B. Pierce, grand-nephew of Lachaise's wife and first Director of the Lachaise Foundation, and secondly, by Daniel A. Demarest, a Trustee of that Foundation. Nude in Chair has been given the number 49 by the Lachaise Foundation.

We are grateful to Virginia Budny, author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné sponsored by the Lachaise Foundation, for her assistance in preparing the entry for this work.


Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Sold for $8,190 (includes buyer's premium)

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There is a small scratch, smaller than 1/4 inch at the left front corner of the chair.


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Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Sold for $8,190 (includes buyer's premium)

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