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Artist of the moment…..Gaston LaChaise

Gaston LaChaise was a French artist who worked with the figure in a modern style. Gaston LaChaise was born in Paris, France in the year 1882. His father was a cabinet maker. For his artistic education LaChaise began lessons at the age of thirteen with a school specializing in decorative arts. LaChaise went on to study in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Though an American LaChaise was schooled in Europe and is credited with bringing the modernist movement to the United States.

After college LaChaise found employment with the design firm of Rene Lalique. Lalique has been profiled here as one of the leading sculptors of the Art Nouveau movement.

Price range information: Works range from pencil drawings in the $3,000 range to larger sculptures at the quarter million dollar mark.

LaChaise emigrated to the United States in 1906. He worked for nearly fifteen years as a sculptors assistant before striking out on his own.

Below is the artist’s famous work titled “Standing Woman.”


In this clip we view a wonderful large sculpture by LaChaise. Upon seeing this video I was reminded of another French artist renown for her work with the female figure I have profiled here, Niki de Saint Phalle:

And a here a work by the aforementioned Niki de Saint Phalle:


Gaston LaChaise passed away in 1935 the age of 53 years old from complications due to leukemia.

LaChaise also did a fair amount of highly rendered sculptures of artists and other well known people. This work below is of the American artist Georgia O’Keefe:



Artist of the moment…….Rene Lalique

Rene Lalique was a glass designer and artist who became famous during the Art Deco movement. Rene Lalique was born in Ay- Champagne, Marne, France in the year 1860.  The artist started his own design company that manufactured glass products from perfume bottles to hood ornaments. This company is still in business today.

For his artistic education Lalique attended the School for the Decorative Arts located in Paris, France. After this he took off to London, England and studied at the Crystal Palace School of Art Sydenham.

After his trip to England he began work as a free lance designer working for companies such as Cartier, perfume bottles, and even hood ornaments for companies like Rolls-Royce.

In this clip a great montage of works by Rene Lalique:

In the 1920s the Art Deco movement pushed his popularity to its highest level.

Rene Lalique died in 1945.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $30,000.