Alberto Giacometti, ‘Tête (Head)’, ca. 1950-1955, Phillips

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The Modern Form: Property from the Collection of Betty and Stanley Sheinbaum

This work is recorded in the Alberto Giacometti Database under number 3897.
The Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.

B.C. Holland Gallery, Chicago
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1966

About Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti is best known for his elongated, withered representations of the human form, including his 1960 sculpture Walking Man I, which in 2010 broke the record for a work of art at auction at $104.3 million. After experimenting with Cubism and Surrealism in forms influenced by primitive art, psychoanalytic theory, and toys, Giacometti broke from Surrealism and began his radical revision of the representational tradition in sculpture. Giacometti's severe figures explored the psyche and the charged space occupied by a single person. Linked to Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism, they are seen as metaphors for the postwar experience of doubt and alienation.

Swiss, 1901-1966, Borgonovo, Switzerland