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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