Woman of Venice VIII, 1956
Femme de Venise VIII

In around 1953, after the wafer-thin, ‘visionary’ figures of the 1947 to 1950 period, Giacometti reverted to modelling standing nudes after Annette that were much more three-dimensional and naturalistic. The ‘Femmes de Venise’ created for the Venice Biennale in 1956 are a synthesis of these two figure types.

Giacometti created some 15 such sculptures, working over the same armature for several weeks until he was satisfied with the result. Nine of these figures were later cast in bronze.

Material
Bronze
Dimensions
121 x 15 x 33 cm
Creditline
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 056
Signature
Inscribed on plinth, left: 2/6 / Alberto Giacometti; on the back: Susse Fondeur Paris
Further information
Ex. 2/6
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)
  • Verbleib unbekannt
  • wohl, Galerie Maeght (Galerie), Paris
  • Alberto Giacometti (*1901 Borgonovo bei Stampa, +1966 Chur) (Künstler/-in)