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Gaston and Isabelle Nagle Lachaise papers, 1903-1962

Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935



Collection Information

Size: 0.8 Linear feet, (microfilmed on 4 reels)

Summary: Correspondence; photographs; photograph albums; scrapbooks; exhibition material; and clippings.
REELS 325-327: Correspondence; photograph albums; scrapbooks; clippings; and exhibition material.
REEL 1034: Correspondence, 1925-1934, including mainly 23 letters to Lachaise from Alfred Stieglitz discussing Lachaise's exhibiting some works at the Anderson Galleries and his financial dealings with Stieglitz; letters to Isabelle Lachaise from friends and artists including Carl Van Vechten, Alfred Stieglitz, Bertram Hartman, and Carl Sprinchorn; correspondence relating to the sale of Gaston Lachaise's work; and correspondence relating to biographies of Gaston Lachaise. In addition, there are 3 photographs of paintings in the estate of Isabelle Lachaise: a drawing by Max Weber, a 1923 painting by Yasuo Kuniyoshi; and a painting by John Marin.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y. and Maine. Best known for his stylized monumental female nudes, dating from 1918 to the 1930s.


Lent for microfilming 1972-1974 by John Pierce, Managing Trustee, Lachaise Foundation. Pierce is the grand-nephew of Isabelle Lachaise.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the Lachaise Foundation.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 325-327 & 1034 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Gaston and Isabelle Nagle Lachaise papers, 1903-1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.