Head, c. 1914

This sheet was inserted into the sketchpad of youthful drawings (GS 216). It too contains overdrawn heads of writers and artists, their precision a curious contrast with the child-like script, misspelt names and other typically youthful features: murder ballads, caricatures of figures in tail coats and uniforms, including Kaiser Wilhelm II being conveyed Heavenwards by little devils – clearly this is the First World War and the sentiment is resolutely anti-German. Occasionally the pad fell into the hands of his younger siblings, as the child’s scribblings reveal.

Pencil on transparent paper
32.5 x 26.5 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 2000
Object number
GS 239.verso
not inscribed
Further information
Einzelblatt; entnommen aus GS 216, nach fol. 58