Alberto Giacometti. The Chariot. 1950

Alberto Giacometti The Chariot 1950

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Rising above two high wheels recalling those of an ancient Egyptian chariot, a filament-thin woman stands poised in precarious equilibrium, as if perpetually suspended between movement and stasis, advance and retreat. According to the artist, The Chariot was partly inspired by the memory of a "sparkling pharmacy cart" he saw when briefly hospitalized. It was also prompted by his desire to position a figure in empty space "in order to see it better and to situate it at a precise distance from the floor."

Gallery label from 2015.
Medium
Painted bronze on wood base
Dimensions
57 x 26 x 26 1/8" (144.8 x 65.8 x 66.2 cm), base 9 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 9 1/4" (24.8 x 11.5 x 23.5 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
8.1951
Copyright
© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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