Alberto Giacometti
Chiavenna Bust I 1964

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Alberto Giacometti 1901–1966
Chiavenna Bust I
Buste de Chiavenna I
Date 1964
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 410 x 197 x 152 mm, 5.2 kg
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965
Not on display

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This portrait of Giacometti's brother Diego was made from memory. Like many of the portrait busts from the last few years of Giacometti's life, it shows a heightened interest in the eyes of the subject, creating a gaze that is penetratingly intense. 'If I can hold the look in the eyes, everything else follows', Giacometti explained. Chiavenna was the small Italian town in which the sculptures were cast.

August 2004

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