Alberto Giacometti
Hour of the Traces 1930

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Alberto Giacometti 1901–1966
Hour of the Traces
L'Heure des traces
Date 1930
Medium Plaster, wood and steel
Dimensions Object: 686 x 362 x 286 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1975

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In 1933 Giacometti said that when making his sculptures he reproduced images that were ‘complete in my mind’s eye... without stopping to ask myself what they might mean’. This fragile construction suggests the mysteries of the unconscious, combining space and time, eroticism and death. The cage-like structure supports delicate organic forms. The upper shapes have been seen as skeletal or phallic, while the lower suspended form has been interpreted as a beating heart or a clock’s pendulum.

June 2011

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