The Artist’s Mother, 1919
Die Mutter des Künstlers

This singular bas-relief of the artist’s mother appears to be based on the older drawing ‘The Artist’s Mother’ by Giovanni Giacometti dating from 1908–1910 (GS 176). Here, then, Alberto views Annetta through his father’s eyes, with a degree of atmospheric softness and kindness that is otherwise absent from his art.

Bas-relief in marble
32 x 19.5 x 6 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 1988
Object number
GS 166
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), ab 1988, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), 1988, Geschenk
  • Bruno und Odette Giacometti
  • Alberto Giacometti