Standing Woman Without Arms, 1954
Femme debout sans bras

ʻFemme debout sans brasʼ was created by casting the initial clay model using a two-part negative plaster mould (lost mould). The base is not cast from the initial model. It had probably already been used (together with the reinforcing rods embedded in it) in the production of the initial model, serving as the base on which the female figure was modelled in clay.

After joining together the cast figure and the base, Giacometti reworked the surface, primarily by removing plaster.

From 1954/55, the plaster served as a template for bronze casts. Initially using sand casting, later using lost wax casting. In the foundry, the work was coated with yellow-brown sealant and release agent prior to the making of the gelatine mould.

Plaster, coated with sealant and release agent
58 x 13.3 x 19.3 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 2006
Object number
GS 344
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), ab 2006, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), 2006, Geschenk
  • Bruno und Odette Giacometti, Nachlass
  • Alberto Giacometti