Sculpture Review
Spring 2008

Gaston Lachaise and the Applied Arts — Virginia Budny

"Although Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935) is principally known for his monumental sculptures. He employed his professional skills from time to time in the creation of what he referred to as “lighter” or “secondary” pieces on a very different scale. Among these works of applied art are a bronze dish, a sundial, and several radiator cap ornaments, fountains, and even doorstops. Though not particularly successful from a commercial point of view, they allowed him to explore fields that delighted him - the animal world, for example, and that of the circus. He treated these subjects with a noteworthy lack of sentimentality, using their buoyant movements and forms to express a joyful response to life."