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This small but complex structure is based loosely on the human figure. It was made in a period when Giacometti looked at late Cubist works and so-called primitive art, exploring different ways of representing the figure. Here the male and female figures are `transparent constructions' (to use Giacometti's phrase), composed of simplified rhyming shapes. Comparison with related pieces by the artist suggests that at least one of the hemispheres may be read as a head, while the zig-zag lines were intended to signify the female form.

May 2010