Alberto Giacometti

Caroline

1965

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1302 x 813 mm
frame: 1325 x 832 x 52 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965
Reference
T00782

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Giacometti completed these paintings shortly before the 1965 exhibition of his work at the Tate Gallery, which Sylvester curated. They were completed at night and by artificial light. Sylvester wrote of the sense of space in such works. ''It was as if he was looking at the face from very near, so that all sense of the head as a sphere out there in space was lost and he was left with the prominent features ... The poetic mood of the studio''s space is replaced by a forthright confrontation with a presence that dominates the space in front of the canvas.''

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Alberto Giacometti 1901-1966

T00782 Caroline 1965

Inscribed 'Alberto Giacometti 1965' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 51 1/4 x 32 (130 x 81)
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) with the aid of the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965
Exh: Alberto Giacometti: Sculpture Paintings Drawings 1913-65, Tate Gallery, July-August 1965 (155); Giacometti-Udstillingen, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, September-October 1965 (144)
Repr: The Friends of the Tate Gallery: Annual Report 1st May 1965-30th April 1966 (London 1966), p.25; Reinhold Hohl, Alberto Giacometti: Sculpture Painting Drawing (London 1972), p.168

The same model as T00781 and painted at the same time. It was done from a slightly greater distance, which gives it a more remote and Byzantine effect.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.284, reproduced p.284

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