Nude in Chair—the work's original title—represents the artist's wife, Isabel Dutaud Lachaise (1872-1957), in an informal, yet typically commanding pose. According to his own records, Lachaise began the plaster model for this work in 1925 (and not in the previous year, as is generally thought), completing it in 1926 or 1927 and copyrighting it in 1927. The first bronze cast was included in his solo exhibition at the Brummer Gallery, New York City, in early 1928. That cast, the only lifetime example, is owned by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. The present cast is one of nine of a projected edition of eleven bronze casts issued by the Lachaise Foundation, Boston, from 1964 to about 1984. Nude in Chair has been given the number 49 by the Lachaise Foundation.
We are grateful to Virginia Budny, author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné sponsored by the Lachaise Foundation, for her assistance in preparing the entry for this work.
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