Lot 76: Alberto Giacometti Swiss, 1901-1966 Bust of Diego, 1960
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Bust of Diego, 1960
Signed Alberto Giacometti and numbered 5/6 on the lower back
Bronze with green and dark brown patina
Height 8 1/8 inches (20.6 cm)
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, purchased Feb. 28, 1964
New York, Harmonie Club, Sculpture and Drawings by Sculptors, Apr. 7 - 25, 1966, cat. no. 29
The original receipt from Pierre Matisse Gallery accompanies this lot.
Alberto Giacometti, from the mid 1950's on, began working from life, drawing and sculpting heads of his friends and family. One of his most important subjects was his younger brother Diego, who had sat for a sculpted portrait when Alberto was only thirteen. He became the artist's alter ego, although a talented artist and sculptor himself. Diego's high forehead and sharp profile, are instantly recognizable in many works throughout the artist's life, growing in intensity, as Giacometti focused on the powerful gaze. The artist is quoted as having said: 'The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.'
C The Eileen & Herbert C. Bernard Collection
Very rich patina; in excellent condition, a particularly fine cast with rich areas of surface texture
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