Alberto Giacometti

Two Figures


Not on display

Alberto Giacometti 1901–1966
Original title
Deux figures
Oil paint on paper
Support: 419 × 597 mm
Frame: 588 × 763 × 51 mm
Purchased 1959

Catalogue entry

Alberto Giacometti 1901-1966

T00258 Deux Figures (Two Figures) 1947

Inscribed 'Alberto Giacometti 1947' b.r.
Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 16 1/2 x 23 1/2 (42 x 59.5)
Bequeathed by E.C. Gregory 1959
Prov: E.C. Gregory, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Seventeen Collectors, Tate Gallery, March-April 1952 (59) as 'Sketch for "Pointing Man" '; Gregory Memorial Exhibition, Leeds City Art Gallery, March-April 1960 (11)

This work has sometimes been known as 'Sketch for "Pointing Man" ' on account of the left-hand figure's resemblance to the sculpture of the same date (N05939), which was originally intended to have a second figure as companion. However, Giacometti said that there was no direct connection between this painting and his project for a sculpture of two figures. 'On the other hand, both belong to the same order of preoccupations that interested me at that period, I made at the same time several paintings of the same subject, the encounter of figures outdoors in a landscape'. He added that it was not executed in watercolour, as has sometimes been stated, but in oils (letter of 2 July 1960).

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.258, reproduced p.258

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