Dog, 1951
Le Chien

Giacometti often recalled how he had long thought about sculpting a dog. Then, returning home late one night, he felt as if he had been transformed into the animal, its snout sniffing the ground – and in that moment he saw the sculpture which he was finally able to execute a few weeks later. It may have been modelled on a greyhound belonging to Pablo Picasso.

The master cast in plaster is also held by the Alberto Giacometti Foundation (see GS 358).

Material
Bronze
Dimensions
46 x 98.5 x 15 cm
Creditline
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 047
Signature
Inscribed on the base below the head: Alberto Giacometti 1/8
Further information
Ex. 1/8
Provenance
  • ab 1965, Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), Zürich, Leihgabe
  • ab 1965, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, Übereignung
  • 1963, Alberto Giacometti-Syndikat, Zürich, Kauf
  • 1963, Galerie Beyeler (Galerie), Basel, Kauf
  • G. David Thompson (*1899 Newark, OH, +1965 Pittsburgh, PA) (Sammler/-in)
  • 1957, Galerie Maeght (Galerie), Paris
  • Alberto Giacometti (*1901 Borgonovo bei Stampa, +1966 Chur) (Künstler/-in)