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In the 1940s Giacometti began to make tall, emaciated figures with roughly defined outlines, which appear to represent the human figure seen from a distance. He explained that when he made large figures, they seemed ‘false’. It was only when he portrayed them as ‘long and slender’ that they seemed true to his vision of humanity. Venice Woman IX was the last of a group of standing female figures made by Giacometti for the French Pavilion of the 1956 Venice Biennale.

December 2005