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Georgia O'Keeffe

Artist:
Gaston Lachaise (American (born France) 1882–1935)
Date:
1925–27
Medium:
Alabaster
Dimensions:
H. 22-3/4 x W. 7-3/4 x D. 12-1/4 in. (57.8 x 19.7 x 31.1 cm); including 5-3/4 in. high base. Weight 70 lb (31.8 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
49.92.4
Not on view
This bust of O'Keeffe (1887–1986) is one of more than seventy-five portraits Lachaise created in the 1920s, many of famous figures in the art and literary worlds. In 1927 he also sculpted a portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, O'Keeffe's husband and the gallery owner who showed Lachaise's work in New York that year.
Inscription: Signed and dated (back, below neck): G LACHAISE / © 1927
the artist (until 1927; sold in 1927 to O'Keeffe); Georgia O'Keeffe, New York (1927–49; in exchange for return of "evolutionary" material by other artists, her gift as part of the Alfred Stieglitz Collection to MMA)

Intimate Gallery, New York. "Gaston Lachaise Sculptures," March 7–April 3, 1927, brochure no. 16.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "History of an American, Alfred Stieglitz: '291' and After, Selections from the Stieglitz Collection," July 1–November 1, 1944, no. 196.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fourteen American Masters: Paintings from Colonial Times to Today," October 16, 1958–January 4, 1959, no catalogue.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Gaston Lachaise (1882–1935): Sculpture and Drawings," December 3, 1963–January 19, 1964, no. 60.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Gaston Lachaise (1882–1935): Sculpture and Drawings," February 18–April 5, 1964, no. 60.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

Ithaca, N. Y. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. "Gaston Lachaise, 1882–1935," November 6–December 20, 1974, unnumbered cat. (p. 94).

Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles. "Gaston Lachaise, 1882–1935," January 12–February 23, 1975, unnumbered cat.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. "Gaston Lachaise, 1882–1935," March 8–April 20, 1975, unnumbered cat.

Minneapolis. Walker Art Center. "Gaston Lachaise, 1882–1935," June 7–July 20, 1975, unnumbered cat.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "200 Years of American Sculpture," March 16–September 26, 1976, no. 129.

Palm Springs Desert Museum. "Gaston Lachaise: 100th Anniversary Exhibition, Sculpture and Drawings," November 19–December 19, 1982, no. 37.

Washington. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Gaston Lachaise: Portrait Sculpture," November 22, 1985–February 16, 1986, unnumbered cat. (p. 103).

Washington. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Group Portrait: The First American Avant-Garde," May 10–October 27, 1991, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Artists' Artists," July 2–November 14, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 109.

Greenwich, Conn. Bruce Museum. "Face & Figure: The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise," September 22, 2012–January 6, 2013, no. 28 (as "Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe").

Henry McBride. "Gaston Lachaise Displays His Most Recent Carvings." New York Sun (March 12, 1927), p. 5.

L[ouis] K[alonyme]. "Around the Galleries of New York: Gaston Lachaise Is Called the 'White Hope' of American Sculpture." New York Times (March 13, 1927), p. X10.

M. P. "The Art Galleries." New Yorker (March 19, 1927), p. 89.

"Gaston Lachaise: Intimate Gallery." Art News 25 (March 26, 1927), p. 9.

Lincoln Kirstein. Gaston Lachaise: Retrospective Exhibition. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1935, p. 12.

Albert Ten Eyck Gardner. "Sculpture Survey, 1872–1925." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 10 (December 1951), pp. 138-39, ill.

Gerald Nordland. "Gaston Lachaise." Artforum 2 (December 1963), pp. 28-29, ill.

Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, p. 143, ill.

Herbert J. Seligmann. Alfred Stieglitz Talking: Notes on Some of His Conversations, 1925–1931, with a Foreword. New Haven, 1966, p. 125.

Gerald Nordland. Gaston Lachaise: The Man and His Work. New York, 1974, pp. 94-95, ill.

Gerald Nordland. "Gaston Lachaise Portrait Sculpture." American Art Review 2 (March–April 1975), pp. 114, 116-17, fig. 8.

Roberta K. Tarbell in The Figurative Tradition and the Whitney Museum of American Art: Paintings and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 1980, p. 98.

Jeanne L. Wasserman. Three American Sculptors and the Female Nude: Lachaise, Nadelman, Archipenko. Exh. cat., Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums. Cambridge, Mass., 1980, p. 31, under no. 6.

Jan Garden Castro. The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe. New York, 1985, p. 146, ill.

Sam Hunter. Lachaise. New York, 1993, pp. vii, 3, 236-37, 245, ill.

Joan M. Marter in American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 682–83, no. 320, ill. (color).

Virginia Budny. "Gaston Lachaise's American Venus: The Genesis and Evolution of 'Elevation'." American Art Journal 34/35 (2003/ 2004), pp. 140-41 n. 135.

Sarah Greenough, ed. My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. Vol. 1, 1915–1933. New Haven, Conn., 2011, pp. 382-83.

Thayer Tolles in Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. The Alfred Stieglitz Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Lisa Mintz Messinger. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2011, pp. 146, 150, 265-66, no. 109, ill. (color).

Kenneth E. Silver in Face & Figure: The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise. Exh. cat., Bruce Museum. Greenwich, Conn., 2012, pp. 42–43.

Laura M. Hovenac in Face & Figure: The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise. Exh. cat., Bruce Museum. Greenwich, Conn., 2012, p. 44, no. 28, ill. (color).



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