Lotar I

The photographer Eli Lotar was a long-standing acquaintance of Giacometti’s; in his youth he worked for Georges Bataille’s journal ‘Documents’. In 1929, the very year in which Michel Leiris’s first ground-breaking article about Giacometti was published, so to were Lotar’s photographs from abattoirs.

Towards the end of 1963 he was a regular visitor to the studio; the three busts that Giacometti made of him in 1964–65 mark the conclusion of his life’s work (see GS 373 and GS 415).

25.8 x 28.3 x 14.9 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 2002
Object number
GS 250
Inscribed at the bottom of the left shoulder: 4/8 / Alberto Giacometti; on the rigtht shoulder: Susse fondeur Paris
Further information
Ex. 4/8
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), ab 2002, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, 2002, Geschenk
  • Bruno und Odette Giacometti, bis 2002
  • Alberto Giacometti