Alberto Giacometti

Standing Woman

c.1958–9, cast released by the artist 1964

Not on display

Alberto Giacometti 1901–1966
Original title
Femme debout
Object: 692 × 137 × 241 mm
Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965

Display caption

During the late 1950s Giacometti made a number of fragmentary figures, their arms partly or entirely missing. Their slender, emaciated forms convey a vivid but fragile human presence. The writer Jean Genet commented: 'The resemblance of his figures to each other seems to me to represent that precious point at which human beings are confronted with the most irreducible fact: the loneliness of being exactly equivalent to all others.'

Gallery label, October 2000

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Catalogue entry

Alberto Giacometti 1901-1966

T00776 Femme debout (Standing Woman) c.1958-9

Inscribed 'Alberto Giacometti' on top of base, at back; 'Susse Fondr Paris' on back of base; '4' on r. side of base
Bronze, 27 1/4 x 5 3/8 x 9 1/2 (69.5 x 13.7 x 24)
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) with the aid of the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965
Exh: Alberto Giacometti: Sculpture Paintings Drawings 1913-65, Tate Gallery, July-August 1965 (78) as 'Standing Woman' c.1958-9; Giacometti-Udstillingen, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, September-October 1965 (73)

The plaster of this work was probably exhibited for the first time in Giacometti's exhibition at the Kunsthaus, Zurich, in December 1962-January 1963 (among nos.75-8, all described as 'Figure' 1958-60, ht. 68cm), but the bronzes, like those of T00775 and T00777, were not released until 1964.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.282, reproduced p.282

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