April 4 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Taking as its focus Gaston Lachaise’s striking Standing Woman statue, the film explores the French-born American artist’s relationship with his model for the work: his wife and muse, Isabel Dutaud Nagel. The film includes quotes from the sculptor’s passionate love letters and scenes of the statue’s recent recasting at the Modern Art Foundry in Queens, NY. The film is also a valentine to Stoney’s own companion, Betty Puleston, who was Belle’s grandniece.

In English, French; English subtitles. 21 min. Directed by David Bagnall and George C. Stoney, 2009. Narrated by Stanley Tucci. Voice of Lachaise: Alain Kirili

Paula Hornbostel, from the Lachaise Foundation and Jeffrey Spring from the Modern Art Foundry will present the film and be available for a discussion/Q & A following the screening.

For a deeper dive, a longer film that explicates the lost wax method can be found on the Lachaise Foundation website here.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is honored to exhibit the work of Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935); Peacock (Short-tailed), 1920; Peacock (Long-tailed), 1928. Bronze with gilding, cast in 2002 at the Modern Art Foundry, New York.

Cost Bartow-Pell Members: $20; Not-Yet Members: $30