Homme qui chavire, 1950
  • © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc

    Domage © Succession Alberto Giacometti

"L’homme qui chavire" (1950) is one of Giacometti’s sculptures that captures the human condition with the greatest intensity, precisely because of its fragile appearance.

Everything about this unbalanced figure expresses the violence and fatality that man cannot escape: the bent legs, the long arms helplessly arched out, the head thrown slightly back. According to Yves Bonnefoy, the work was inspired by the accident that occurred to Giacometti. It first appeared in a sketch in 1947 and took its three-dimensional form three years later. This long maturation period helped the sculptor achieve a universality with this dizzying vision. Out of the six sculptures produced, this is the only one that Giacometti painted, in an allusion to Egyptian polychromatic sculpture.