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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Gaston Lachaise, American (Paris, France 1882 - 1935 New York, NY)
Floating Woman
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

31.8 x 44.5 x 16.5 cm (12 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Gaston Lachaise, to; Isabel Dutaud (Mrs. Gaston) Lachaise,1935(?), gift; to Private Collector, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1950.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Gift
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Hilton Kramer, The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise, Eakin Press (New York, NY, 1967)
  • D. B. Goodall, "Gaston Lachaise, Sculptor" (Ph.D Diss., Harvard University, 1969), Unpublished, I, 476-482; II, 422
  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 142, ill.
  • Gerald Nordland, Gaston Lachaise: The Man and His Work, Braziller (New York, NY, 1974), p. 130, reproduced as no. 67
  • "Outstanding Exhibitions", Apollo (June 1975), reproduced no. 1, p. 484
  • Gaston Lachaise, exh. cat., Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY, 1979), no. 17, p. 11
  • Irma B. Jaffe, The Sculpture of Leonard Baskin, Viking Press (New York, 1980), reproduced in b/w fig. 87, p. 136; text p. 127, 134
  • Jeanne L. Wasserman, Three American Sculptors and the Female Nude: Lachaise, Nadelman, Archipenko, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), no. 5, p. 30, reproduced in b/w
  • Virginia Budny, "Gaston Lachaise's American Venus: The Genesis and Evolution of Elevation", The American Art Journal (2003-2004), XXXIV and XXXV, pp. 62-143, p.
  • Julia Day, Jens Stenger, Katherine Eremin, Narayan Khandekar, and Virginia Budny, "Gaston Lachaise: Characteristics of His Bronze Sculpture" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2006), Unpublished, pp. 1-77 passim
  • Angela L. Miller, Janet C. Berlo, Bryan Jay Wolf, and Jennifer Roberts, American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity, Pearson Prentice Hall (Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2008), p. 443, fig. 13.25

Exhibition History

  • Gaston Lachaise: Retrospective Exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 01/30/1935 - 03/07/1935
  • Gaston Lachaise, Margaret Brown Gallery, Boston, 01/28/1957 - 02/23/1957
  • American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
  • Gaston Lachaise, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, 01/20/1979 - 03/04/1979
  • Three American Sculptors and the Female Nude: Lachaise, Nadelman, Archipenko, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/17/1980 - 06/15/1980

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