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Annette IV

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Annette IV

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Alberto Giacometti
Swiss, 1901–1966

Date

1962

Medium

Bronze

Accession #

1999.40

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Alberto Giacometti, a renowned Swiss modernist, remained devoted to the figure throughout his artistic career. He worked tirelessly to reveal the essence of the human form, consistently “thinning” the figures until their bodies mimicked shadows—solid bronze yet imbued with a sense of ethereal nothingness. His models usually were his family and closest confidants– most notably his wife Annette. In Annette IV, she faces forward, simultaneously confronting the viewer and looking beyond them into the void. The surface appears jagged, fraught with the evidence of Giacometti’s erratic jabs at the material. Annette’s expression is haunting and her tortured, hollow eyes convey an unspoken message.

Credit

Gift of Sara Lee Corporation

Image Copyright

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris