Femme de Venise III, 1956
118,7 x 17,9 x 35,2 cm
Éd. 2/6, Susse Fondeur, fonte de 1957
Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris + Adagp, Paris) 2018
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
Femme de Venise III is named in reference to the piece’s display in plaster form as part of a group of six works at the Venice Biennale in 1956.
Giacometti made this series by working on a single clay figure for several days, during which time his brother Diego took plaster casts of the intermediate stages. The soft clay imprinted with finger marks and the use of liquid plaster reinforce the wet appearance of the pieces. The artist’s friend Jean Genet described them in 1957 as figures that “never stop advancing and retreating in absolute immobility” while creating “[their] infinite space”.