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GIACOMETTI, Alberto

Borgonovo, Switzerland 1901 - Coire, Switzerland 1966

Maker: Susse

Femme de Venise VI

Femme de Venise VI

1956

bronze, edition 2 of 6

statue

Dimensions (HxWxD): 52 x 7 12 x 13 12; weight: c. 70 lbs.

signed near its base lower right: 2/6 Alberto Giacometti
on base: Susse Fondeur Paris

Acc. No.: MM.1970.14

Credit Line: Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection, MM.70.14

Photo credit: photograph by Michael Bodycomb


Provenance

  • 1970, Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection

Exhibitions

  • 2009 Dallas
    Face and Form, Modern and Contemporary Sculpture in the Meadows Collection, Dallas, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, ongoing from October 7, 2009

Comment

  • Meadows Museum, Form of Things, www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org/images/visit_us/Form_of_Things.pdf, June 5, 2014:
    The figure of a standing woman, Femme de Venise IV, is one of fifteen statues Alberto Giacometti created for the 1956 Venice Biennale. The similar figures were modeled in many versions with the artist using the same armature (a basic structure on which to build a sculpture) and clay for each figure. Every night, his brother and studio assistant, Diego, would take a plaster cast of the previous night's work and Giacometti would build the new figure off this model. Each one displays a different expression and height. The figures look as if they had been eaten away - the surfaces are rough with varying details, such as the presence of hair and arms. The near life-size figures were displayed on a single, low platform that forced the viewers and the statues to share the same public space. This relationship between the audience and the sculptures was new and innovative at the time. While Femme de Venise IV was made in the 1950s, Giacometti's post war figures convey experiences that were both personal and, at the same time, were a universal expression of the isolation and destruction of the preceding war years.