Alberto Giacometti Bust of Diego 1955

Artwork details

Artist
Alberto Giacometti 1901–1966
Title
Bust of Diego
Buste de Diego
Date 1955
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 565 x 320 x 145 mm, 8.8 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965
Reference
T00774
Not on display

Display caption

From the mid-1950s, Giacometti concentrated on portraiture, repeatedly drawing and sculpting his immediate circle of friends and family. His brother Diego, who sat for this bust, was one of his most frequent models. The flattened head allows Giacometti to accentuate the profile, reminiscent of ancient Egyptian figures, yet also convey the psychological intensity of the face viewed from the front.

July 2008

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