Alberto Giacometti

Head-Skull

1933-34

Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
7 5/16 x 7 7/8 x 8 7/8" (18.5 x 20 x 22.5 cm)
Credit
Fractional and promised gift of Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis
Object number
237.2005
Copyright
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Alberto Giacometti has 83 works  online.
There are 1,556 sculptures online.

Head-Skull marks a moment just prior to Giacometti’s decision toreturn to working from the model, a move

that precipitated his break with the Surrealist leader André Breton. Animated by its sharp faceting and

steep planes, this approximately life-size, skull-like head testifies to the artist’s ongoing preoccupation

with the inextricable relationships between life and death, and transient matter and fixed crystalline form.

Gallery label from 2006

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