Alberto Giacometti Diego 1959

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Artist
Title
Diego
Date 1959
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 610 x 498 mm
frame: 664 x 553 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Reference
T00358
Not on display

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Giacometti frequently used his brother Diego as a model. The artist regarded each sitting as a new experience, stating 'When he poses for me I don't recognise him'. Nonetheless, his observations deepened over the years and were condensed into images of great intensity, especially in the late 1950s. The dark background of this work increases the looming quality of the head, which is sombre, isolated and perhaps apprehensive.

August 2001

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