Untitled (Studio), Alberto Giacometti
Alberto Giacometti
Untitled (Studio)
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Alberto Giacometti

Untitled (Studio), 1949

654 x 451 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17891 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Sculpture, painting, and drawing were closely interwoven in Giacometti’s oeuvre. Again and again, he recorded views of his studio. As in a still life, sculptures stand on a table next to everyday objects in what looks like a chance arrangement. The artist used a pencil to trace and retrace the outlines of these objects so familiar to him. The density of the individual line and the forceful effect of the graphite serve to structure the composition and lend it light and shade. The gradual description in the drawing medium re-enacts the process of sight.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

Untitled (Studio)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Bleistift): Alberto Giacometti / 1949
Captions Added Later
Verso oben links blauer Zollstempel; darunter bezeichnet (mit Bleistift): 2837 Maeght / sans numéro; bezeichnet unten links: R 572
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Alberto Giacometti Estate / ACS, London and ADAGP, Paris
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 41AA1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings - AA - civic architecture: inside
  • 48B11 workshop, studio of the artist (in general)
  • 48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture

Research and Discussion


Object History
Galerie Maeght, Paris
verkauft an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1956
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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