Seated Woman Resting Her Head on Her Hand, c. 1922/1923
Femme assise, la tête appuyée sur la main

The 15 nude drawings (GS 081–GS 095) from the years 1921-24 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 thin paper
Dimensions
43.2 x 27.8 cm
Creditline
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 081
Signature
Inscribed bottom right: Alberto Giacometti 1921–22,
Further information
Belongs with GS 082–095
Provenance
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), frühestens ab 1965, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, frühestens 1965, Übernahme
  • Alberto Giacometti-Syndikat, 1963, Kauf
  • Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1963, Kauf
  • Sammlung G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh, bis 1965
  • Alberto Giacometti