Alberto GiacomettiMan Pointing 1947

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Artist
Alberto Giacometti (1901‑1966)
Title
Man Pointing
Homme signalant
Date 1947
MediumBronze
Dimensionsobject: 1780 x 950 x 520 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1949
Reference
N05939

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Man Pointing was made very rapidly for Giacometti’s first exhibition in New York. He recalled: ‘I did that piece in one night between midnight and nine the next morning. That is, I’d already done it, but I demolished it and did it all over again because the men from the foundry were coming to take it away. And when they got here, the plaster was still wet.’ It was originally intended to be part of a larger composition, with the left arm positioned loosely around a second figure. Giacometti later abandoned the idea, and considered Man Pointing to be a complete work.

July 2012

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