Gazing Head, 1928
Tête qui regarde

With ‘Tête qui regarde’ and the other disc-shaped sculptures (see GS 011, GS 012 and GS 169), Giacometti makes his first wholly autonomous and novel contribution to modern sculpture. The reduction of the face to a horizontal and a vertical element echoes Hodler’s ‘Parallelism’, with its symbolist exaggeration of the two fundamental orientations.

The disembodied membrane that merely modulates light fascinated the Surrealists of the journal ‘Documents’, in which the first ground-breaking article about Giacometti by Michel Leiris was published in 1929. The Surrealists saw it as a realization of a projection from the world of inner imaginings.

Material
Plaster
Dimensions
39.0 x 37.0 x 5.5 cm
Creditline
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 010
Signature
Inscribed on plinth, back: Alberto Giacometti 19.. (with paintbrush); the last two numbers have been rubbed off and 27 added in pencil above the old signature; at the same time, ‘Alberto Giacometti 1927’ has been inscribed in pencil over the old signature
Further information
Provenance
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), frühestens ab 1965, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, frühestens ab 1965, Übernahme
  • Alberto Giacometti-Syndikat, 1963, Kauf
  • Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1963, Kauf
  • Sammlung G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh
  • Alberto Giacometti