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Lachaise, Floating

Floating Figure1927, cast after 1935Bronze50 1/2 × 90 3/4 × 25U-701.1969University of Nebraska–Lincoln, bequests of Frances Sheldon and Adams Bromley SheldonFloating Figure by Gaston Lachaise Gaston LachaiseGaston Lachaise’s work was inspired by the woman he loved, whom he followed to the United States from France in 1906. While she was petite, Lachaise’s bronze figures are often monumental and, despite their volume, appear to levitate or float. The single curve of the figure’s arms reflects the artist’s interest in Indian art and her head is bald in an effort to make the figure timeless. American 18821935New York, NYParis, France