Tête sur tige, 1947

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Alberto Giacometti

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc

Domage © Succession Alberto Giacometti

With his models, who are easily identifiable, Alberto Giacometti brings out a quality of profound humanity, focusing particularly on the head, that “object completely unknown and without dimensions".

Tête sur tige (1947) is the first expression of this quest and was inspired by his experience, aged 20, of the brutal death of a travel companion. This close brush with death and traumatic vision, of which he recalled the last “silent cry”, obsessed him and underpins his work.

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