Nude, 1923

The nude study emphasizes the tactile volume of the body, which is modelled as a compact, earthy mass as befits the approach of a sculptor. Accordingly, the picture marks the transition to a much more toned-down colour palette that will dominate from now on. While working on the study, Giacometti painted over the strong colours, such as the blue of the background, with more muted hues.

Oil on canvas
61 x 50 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 063
inscr. b. r.: Alberto Gia...; above: Alberto G...metti [missing parts due to colour flaking]; on the back: Alberto Giacometti.
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), frühestens ab 1965, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, frühestens ab 1965, Übernahme
  • Alberto Giacometti-Syndikat, Zürich, 1963, Kauf
  • Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1963, Kauf
  • Sammlung G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh
  • Alberto Giacometti