Alberto Giacometti Seated Man 1949

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Artist
Title
Seated Man
Homme assis
Date 1949
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 800 x 540 mm
frame: 859 x 597 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1949
Reference
N05909

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Like his sculptures, Giacometti’s portraits emerged from an intense scrutiny of his subjects, and a process of continually reworking the image in order to record his shifting visual impressions. Seated Man depicts his brother Diego, one of Giacometti’s most frequent models, but even this familiar face became an object of investigation and discovery for the artist, who commented ‘When he poses for me I don’t recognise him’.

July 2012

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