A woman’s form emerges from the carved limestone, conforming to and draping over the contours of the stone’s surface, creating the lines of a mountainous landscape. Most prominent are the chest and thighs, accentuating the small size of the figure’s head. Her velvety smoothness contrasts with the rough texture of the stone on which she seems to rest.
Sculptor Gaston Lachaise first explored this theme around 1910, and then repeated it multiple times in varying sizes and media, ending the series in a 1934 commission that is nine feet long. All have in common the expression of natural abundance that characterized many of Lachaise’s sculptures of woman, inspired by his wife and muse Isabel.
MAG’s Mountain came to the Gallery through the family of James Sibley Watson, Jr., who was one of Lachaise’s most important patrons.