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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 320

    Maxwell Ashby Armfield (1881-1972)

    Gaston Lachaise, Sculpteur

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    Maxwell Ashby Armfield (1881-1972)
    Gaston Lachaise, Sculpteur
    signed 'Maxwell Armfield Fecit' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    23 x 26 in. (58.5 x 66 cm.)

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    Born in Paris, Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935) was said to have made carvings with his father's woodworking tools before he was old enough to attend school. Excelling at his studies, he was destined for a successful career in France when he met and fell in love with the American, Isabel Dutaud Nagle. Lachaise soon gave up his place at the Académie Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and in 1906 moved to Boston to be with Isabel. Described by Art News as the 'greatest American sculptor of his time,' Lachaise divided his time between creating incomparable portrait sculpture and making sculpture that reflected his vision of the archetypal form of women. Using Isabel as his inspiration and model, Lachaise created pieces whose sexuality and erotic presence pushed the boundaries of nude figuration.

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    With Carfax & Co.
    A.A. Ballard.
    With Fine Art Society, March 1977.


    London, New Gallery, January - March 1906, no. [find]