Self-Portrait, c. 1923/1924
Autoportrait

The 15 nude drawings (GS 081–GS 095) from the years 1921–1924 were all executed in the Académie de la Grande Chaumière under the direction of Giacometti’s teacher Antoine Bourdelle. They are characterized by the deconstruction of organically flowing forms into stereometrically conjoined, angular surfaces.

After the first, freer or more indeterminate images, the angular schematization comes increasingly to the fore; the body evolves clearly in space until the figure is translated into a form of crystalline clarity.

Material
Pencil on ʻCanson et Montgolfierʼ paper
Dimensions
48.7 x 32.0 cm
Creditline
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 093
Signature
Later inscribed bottom right: Alberto Giacometti / autoportrait 1923–24,
Further information
Belongs with GS 081–095
Provenance
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), frühestens ab 1965, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, frühestens 1965, Übernahme
  • Alberto Giacometti-Syndikat, Zürich, 1963, Kauf
  • Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1963, Kauf
  • Sammlung G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh
  • Alberto Giacometti