Lotar III

The French photographer Eli Lotar (1905−1969) was an old acquaintance of Giacometti’s who in his youth worked for Georges Bataille’s magazine ‘Documents’. Towards the end of 1963 he was a regular visitor to Giacometti’s studio. The three sculptural works dedicated to Lotar mark the end point of Giacometti’s life’s work (see GS 250 and GS 373).

Following Giacometti’s death, a number of works were left in his studio including the clay version of ‘Lotar III’, an important work that is considered to be his last. This fragile sculpture can be seen in the reconstruction of Giacometti’s studio at the Institut Giacometti in Paris, which opened in 2018. Giacometti’s brother Diego made a plaster cast of it immediately after the artist’s death in January 1966, from which bronzes were then cast.

65.5 x 28 x 35.5 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Bequest of Bruno Giacometti, 2016
Object number
GS 415
inscribed: Alberto Giacometti 5/8
Further information
Ex. 5/8
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), ab 2016, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), 2016
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), Zürich, ab 2012, Vermächtnis
  • Bruno Giacometti
  • Alberto Giacometti