Alberto Giacometti
Standing Woman 1948–9

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Alberto Giacometti 1901–1966
Standing Woman
Femme debout
Date 1948–9
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1680 x 159 x 340 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1965
Not on display

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Giacometti’s fragile, elongated figures were seen as reflecting the precariousness and absurdity of life in the inhospitable landscape of war-scarred Europe. For his part, Giacometti insisted that he was attempting to convey his own experience of looking at people. However, this concern with visual truth was always fraught with uncertainty and doubt. He often reworked his sculpture over long periods before casting them in bronze, building up the clay model, then stripping it down, rebuilding and stripping again, as he gradually eroded the outline of the body to its essential core.

December 2005

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