Alberto Giacometti. The Couple. 1927 (cast late 1929 or early 1930)

Alberto Giacometti

The Couple

1927 (cast late 1929 or early 1930)

23 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 7" (59.7 x 36.8 x 17.8 cm)
Bequest of Sylvia Slifka
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© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 7 other works online.
Alberto Giacometti has 83 works  online.
There are 1,571 sculptures online.

This early bronze cast reflects Giacometti's interest in the stylized forms of tribal art and reveals the precision of his compositions. The female figure on the left leans slightly toward the male, a subtle effect that animates the piece as a whole. The pairing of male and female figures announces what would become one of Giacometti's great, lifelong subjects: the encounter between men and women, life and art.

Gallery label from 2017

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