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This work belongs to a series of eight busts that Giacometti made of his wife Annette from 1962 to 1965. Although Annette was one of his most frequent sitters, Giacometti found himself approaching her anew each time she posed. The surfaces of the sculptures were heavily worked and he commented that ‘after three days of working she doesn’t resemble herself any more’. Giacometti’s obsessive approach to his work is reflected in his observation that ‘It’s rather an unusual thing for a person to spend more of his time trying to copy a head than living life’.

July 2008