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Woman (Elevation)

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


Modeled 1912–15, cast 1927


Gaston Lachaise
American, born France, 1882–1935

About this artwork

Born in France, Gaston Lachaise immigrated to the United States when he was 24 years old. He modeled Woman (Elevation) after Isabel Dutaud Nagle, whom he married in 1917, telling her, “I want to create a miracle with it… as great as you.” Although it definitely evokes his subject’s appearance, this sculpture represents Lachaise’s first full-scale expression of the idealized female form that would come to dominate his art. The figure’s long legs support a voluptuous torso that recalls ancient fertility goddesses and a disproportionally small waist that accentuates her ample hips and breasts. Modernists like Lachaise were fascinated by preclassical art because they believed it possessed a primitive vitality absent from later art forms.


On View, Gallery 272


Arts of the Americas


Gaston Lachaise


Woman (Elevation)


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Modeled 1912–1915




Cast on base: G. Lachaise © 1927


182.9 × 71.1 × 43.2 cm (72 × 28 × 17 in.) (with base)

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Friends of American Art Collection

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