French Sculpture Census

photo credit : David Heald / Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
artist © : 2014 Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and ARS, New York, NY

GIACOMETTI, Alberto
Borgonovo, Switzerland 1901 - Coire, Switzerland 1966

Tête crâne
Head Skull

1934
marble

head
7 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 8 1/8
right side: A. Giacometti

Acc. No. : 1985.A.22
Credit Line : Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center

www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Provenance

  • Artist
  • Zurich, Ernst Schneidegger
  • New York, J. J. Klejman
  • New York, Reiss-Cohen Gallery
  • New York, Sold at Sotheby's Parke Bernet
  • Chicago, Milton D. Ratner
  • Dallas, Texas, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection

Bibliography

  • 2003 Nash, Giménez and Brenson
    Steven A. Nash, Carmen Giménez, Michael Brenson, A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Dallas, The Nasher Foundation, 2003 (first published in 1997, expanded and republished in 2003 by The Nasher Foundation on the occasion of the inauguration in October 2003 of the Nasher Sculpture Center), p. 150-151, repr., 364

Exhibition

  • Museum's website:
  • 1985 New York
    Exhibition of Sculpture, Painting, and Drawing by Alberto Giacometti, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, September 17 - October 31, 1985. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 1987-1989 Dallas/Washington/Madrid/Florence/Tel Aviv
    A Century of Modern Sculpture: The Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, April 5 - May 31, 1987; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 28, 1987 - January 3, 1988; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, April 4 - June 5, 1988; Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italy, July 8 - October 16, 1988; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, January 1 - March 31, 1989. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 1996-1997 San Francisco/New York
    A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, October 26, 1996 - January 12, 1997; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 6 - June 1, 1997. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 2003-2004 Dallas
    From Rodin to Calder: Masterworks of Modern Sculpture from the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, October 20, 2003 - September 2004.
  • 2005 Dallas
    Bodies Past and Present: The Figurative Tradition in the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, October 17, 2005 - Indefinite.
  • 2008-2009 Dallas
    In Pursuit of the Masters: Stories from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, September 20, 2008 – January 4, 2009. Exhibition pamphlet

Related Works

Museum's website:
In Giacometti's own handwritten, illustrated list of his early sculptures, published in 1948 (Albert Giacometti, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, n.p.), he noted three versions of the Tête of 1934: a plaster in the Bruguière collection, Tours; a terra-cotta in the Bomsel collection, Versailles; and a stone belonging to the artist.
The first two of these have not been conclusively traced.
The third could be one of two marbles now known: the Nasher version or another, in a more speckled stone, in a New York private collection (Alberto Giacometti, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1974, cat. no. 37).
An unpainted plaster passed from the artist to the Alberto Giacometti Foundation in Zürich; a painted plaster is now in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, New York, 1974, p. 695); and another has been identified as belonging to a New York private collection (Bernard Lamarche-Vadel, Alberto Giacometti, Paris, 1984, p. 73, fig. 104; this may actually be a bronze).
Head (Skull) was cast in an edition of at least seven bronzes, and a reportedly unique bronze variant is listed in Alberto Giacometti, Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1963, cat. no. 23.
An unauthorized stainless-steel cast is now in the Kunsthaus, Zürich.