Alberto Giacometti

Woman with a Broken Shoulder

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

Not on display

Alberto Giacometti 1901–1966
Original title
Femme, épaule cassée
Object: 651 × 121 × 200 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, December 2005

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Catalogue entry

Alberto Giacometti 1901-1966

T00777 Femme debout (Standing Woman) c.1958-9

Inscribed 'Alberto Giacometti | 2/2' l. side of base, 'Susse Fondr | Paris' on back on base
Bronze, 25 5/8 x 44 x 7 7/8 (65 x 12 x 20)
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 (79) as 'Standing Woman' c.1958-9; Giacometti-Udstillingen, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, September-October 1965 (74)

See the note on T00775. The cast marked '4' is now in the Milton D. Ratner Family Collection in the USA and is known as 'Woman with a Broken Shoulder'.

Another cast of this work, with a deeper and more massive base, but otherwise identical, was shown in the Giacometti exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1965 (63, repr. in colour) as 'Woman, Shoulder Broken' 1958-9, collection Dr and Mrs Leo Chalfen.

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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