[Homme qui pointe], 1951
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    Domage © Succession Alberto Giacometti

"Homme et arbre" (1951) and "Homme qui pointe" (1951), two works on paper – one in colour, the other in black and white – illustrate the importance of the “walking man” figure in Alberto Giacometti’s work.

Drawing played an essential role in the artist’s research. Using lines, he captured the position of the body in space, a presence as precarious and fragile as it was dense and tangible. It did not seem to be appearance or physical mass that interested him, but a state, a vibration, a resonance produced by the spirit, embodied by the face, the body and its movement.