Monday Morning Muse: Woman Walking

1961-87

This sketch by Gaston Lachaise joined the collection in 1961. Lachaise was an American sculptor of French birth, active in the early 20th century. A native of Paris, he was most noted for his female nudes (source).

While the sketch above is the only work by Lachaise in the Mead’s collection, the Smith College Museum of Art collection holds two sculptures and a drawing by the artist:

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Eternal Force, 1917

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Torso, 1933

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Seated Female Nude, n.d.

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From the Collection: Untitled (Owl and Cherry Branch)

2005-176

This Japanese woodblock print by Hirose Bihō joined the collection in 2005. Very little is known about the artist Bihō (born 1873) except that he was a designer of kachō-e, or “animal and flower pictures.” In many of his known works, he experiments with bokashi, the gradient effect in the background and on the owl’s chest. This print is signed “Bihō” at lower left and bears the artist’s seal.

image source: Untitled (Owl and Cherry Branch)

Monday Morning Muse: Head of a Girl

1955-187This charcoal drawing of a young girl by American illustrator Harrison Fisher joined the collection in 1955. Fisher began his career as a newspaper and magazine illustrator and became particularly known for his drawings of women, which appeared regularly on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine from the early 1900s until his death in 1934. (source)

To read more about the life and work of Harrison Fisher, visit the National Museum of American Illustration artist’s webpage.

image source: Head of a Girl, Suzanna Bruyant