The Woman

The art of Gaston Lachaise

29 September 2005 - 29 October 2005

Gaston Lachaise (1882–1935) is not only one of the pioneers of modern American sculpture, but also a valued representative of it. Works by him can be found in the collections of even the most illustrious museums. The guardian of the largest collection of his work is the Lachaise Foundation in Boston, established shortly after the death of the artist's widow Isabel Lachaise in 1957. Organised by this body, a travelling exhibition of works by the artist has been travelling to institutions and museums around the United States. In 2003 the exhibition was enlarged to commence its first tour of major European centres of culture. The next stop in this series of visits will be Budapest, where colleagues at the Museum of Fine Arts have made a selection of the collection belonging to the foundation. This choice contains some of the most outstanding creations of the artist's career. The 34 sculptures selected for exhibition – among them a few that are larger than life-size – well convey the prominent role played by Lachaise in the birth of American Modernism. In choosing the artworks the main criterion was the depiction of womanliness and the presentation of its very many sides.

Since the death of the artist, who was born in Paris but who moved to the United States at the age of 23, many comprehensive and thematic exhibitions of his work have been staged. His exciting, and sometimes astonishing, creations have not ceased provoke a strong reaction with the public. Lachaise's lifelong muse and model was his wife, and the sculptor devoted his entire oeuvre to immortalising her form. In the fashioning of his creations, which are not devoid of eroticism, the sculptor combines sensitivity and sensuality on an outstanding artistic level.

A catalogue in two languages (Hungarian and English) accompanies the exhibition.
Curator of the exhibition: Ferenc Tóth