Lachaise, Gaston

La Chaise, François d'Aix de

La Chaise, François d'Aix de (fräNswäˈ dāks də lä shĕz), 1624–1709, French Jesuit, confessor of Louis XIV after 1675. His influence at court was considerable. The great cemetery in NE Paris called Père-Lachaise is named for him.

Lachaise, Gaston

Lachaise, Gaston (gästôNˈ läshĕzˈ), 1882–1935, American sculptor, b. Paris. After studying in Paris, he emigrated to the United States in 1906. For 12 years he worked in Boston and New York City, chiefly for the sculptors H. H. Kitson and Paul Manship, who employed him to execute details on some of their commissions. Lachaise made decorations for the RCA (now Comcast) Building, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, and other New York City structures. Perhaps his most famous works, however, are single figures, such as his Standing Woman (Mus. of Modern Art, New York City), which has monumental charm and extraordinary vitality.

Bibliography

See studies by H. Kramer et al. (1967) and G. Nortland (1974).

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Lachaise, Gaston

(1882–1935) sculptor; born in Paris, France. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts beginning in 1898, worked for René Lalique, then emigrated to Boston (1906), and settled in New York City (1912) to work with Paul Manship and set up his studio. In 1918 he married Isabel Dutard Nagle, the inspiration for much of his work, and created many monumental female nudes, as in Standing Woman (1912–27). He died of leukemia at the height of his career.
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