Head without Skull, c. 1958
Tête sans crâne

The bust was created by casting the initial clay model using a negative plaster mould (lost mould). Subsequently, Giacometti slightly reworked the surface. The artist initially signed the back of the base in blue pencil, later scratching his signature into the plaster.

From 1962, the plaster served as a template for bronze casts made using the sand-casting method. In the foundry, a reddish sealant and talcum as a release agent were applied prior to sand casting.

Material
Plaster, coated with sealant
Dimensions
43.9 x 8.9 x 10.8 cm
Creditline
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 2006
Object number
GS 325
Signature
Inscribed on back: ‘Alberto Giacometti’
Further information
Provenance
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), ab 2006, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), 2006, Geschenk
  • Bruno und Odette Giacometti, Nachlass
  • Alberto Giacometti