Tall Woman I, 1960
Grande femme I

Due to technical necessities, some of Giacometti's larger plasters had to be divided into several parts before they could be made into bronze castings at the foundry. In order to preserve the original substance of the plasters, the respective works owned by the Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung are usually not reassembled permanently.

ʻGrande femme Iʼ was modelled directly in plaster on an iron armature. From 1960, the plaster served as a template for bronze casts made using the lost wax technique. In the foundry, the work was cut through at the neck, hips, thighs and knees prior to the making of the gelatine mould. The junction areas were modified to make them pluggable. Afterwards all parts were coated with yellow-brown sealant and release agent.

For subsequent castings the hip area, which had previously been cut through, was fixed permanently again.

Plaster, coated with sealant and release agent
267 x 34.2 x 54 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 2006
Object number
GS 355
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich, ab 2006, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), 2006, Geschenk
  • Bruno und Odette Giacometti, Nachlass
  • Alberto Giacometti