Head of a Woman (Ideal Head)

Gaston Lachaise, French, 1882 - 1935


modeled by 1923; cast 1981 (unique)


Overall: 14 1/4 × 7 1/2 × 9 in. (36.2 × 19 × 22.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Place Made: France, Europe


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed and dated, in bronze, right side of the neck: G. LACHAISE / 1923; numbered, on base: LACHAISE / ESTATE / 1/12

Exhibition History

Aspects of Sculpture: The Paul Magriel Collection, East Hampton, New York, Guild Hall Museum; Springfield, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts; Middletown, Connecticut, Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University; Allentown, Pennsylvania, Allentown Art Museum, 1985–1986.

The Beauty of the Bronze: Selections from the Hood Museum of Art, Gene Y. Kim Class of 1985 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 13, 2012-March 18, 2014.

Publication History

John T. Spike, Aspects of Scultpure: The Paul Magriel Collection (exhibition catalogue), Florence: Centro Di, 1985 (illustrated, p. 93, no. 82).

Published References

Berman, Ann E., "Breaking the Mold," Art and Auction 13, no. 4 (1990): p. 252 (illustrated as a bust). Budny, Virginia, "Gaston Lachaise's American Venus: The Genesis and Evolution of Elevation," The American Art Journal 34–35 (2003–04): pp. 62–143. Gaston Lachaise: Twenty Sculptures, exhib. cat., New York: Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, 1982, [n.p.] (identified as Ideal Head). Spike, John T., Aspects of Sculpture: The Paul Magriel Collection, exhib. cat., Florence: Centro Di, 1985, pp. 10 and 93, no. 82 (entitled Ideal Head).


Robert Schoelkopf, New York, New York (the first and only bronze produced from a projected edition of twelve Estate casts), 1981; sold to Paul Magriel (1906-1990), New York, New York; Sotheby's, New York, New York, March 15, 1995, lot 173; sold to Robert Dance, Inc., New York, New York; sold to Steve J. Maun, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2011.

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