Point to the Eye , 1932
Pointe à lʼoeil

‘Pointe à lʼoeil’ is arguably the most complex of Giacometti’s ‘display models’ (Reinhold Hohl) of the psychologically charged situation in which vision confronts death. Previous owners of this exceptional object, which owing to its fragility can only be shown at the Kunsthaus Zürich, include Marcel Duchamp. A version in wood was acquired by the Musée national dʼart moderne in Paris from the Tériade Collection.

Material
Plaster and metal
Dimensions
13.5 x 59.5 x 31 cm
Creditline
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 021
Signature
Inscribed on base, front edge on left: Plâtre original, right: Alberto Giacometti
Further information
Provenance
  • frühestens ab 1965, Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), Zürich, Leihgabe
  • frühestens ab 1965, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, Übernahme
  • 1963 – mindestens bis 1965, Alberto Giacometti-Syndikat, Kauf
  • 1963, Galerie Beyeler (Galerie), Basel, Kauf
  • G. David Thompson (*1899 Newark, OH, +1965 Pittsburgh, PA) (Sammler/-in), Pittsburgh
  • 1948, Privatsammlung
  • Alberto Giacometti (*1901 Borgonovo bei Stampa, +1966 Chur) (Künstler/-in)