Femme, épaule cassée, Alberto Giacometti
Alberto Giacometti
Femme, épaule cassée
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Alberto Giacometti

Femme, épaule cassée, 1958 – 1959


Dimensions
69.5 x 19.5 x 28.5 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
SGP216
Acquisition
Acquired in 1987
Status
On display

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About the Work

Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures are close and far away at the same time. The material, the bronze, is close; the body – which remains an unfulfilled promise – is out of reach. No matter how close the viewer gets to it, the delicate, fragile figure of the woman with a broken shoulder does not become any more tangible or richer in detail. The distance remains. Giacometti suspended the relativity of location and lent his protagonists an absolute remoteness of the kind we are familiar with from painting, from figures on canvas. We watch his bodies in their incessant process of disappearing.

About the Donation

Almost twenty years after it was created, the stark yet fragile bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, the most important Swiss sculptor, was purchased for the Sammlung der Moderne at the Städel Museum. It arrived in Frankfurt am Main in 1987 from the Kunsthandlung Ernst Beyeler, Basel, as a gift of the Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (Deutschland) AG. Founded in Zurich in 1856, it was at this time that the Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA) - today's Credit Suisse - began to establish itself as a patron of art, among other things. Today the cultural sponsoring by Credit Suisse is concentrated on the fields of classical music, jazz and fine art.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Femme, épaule cassée (Original Title)
Title Translation
Woman, Broken Shoulder
Sculptor
Serial Number / Edition
4 / 6
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Alberto Giacometti, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1987

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Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31AA419 mutilated person - AA - female human figure
  • 31AA2224 shoulder - AA - female human figure

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15.05.2019