Small Bust on Socle

Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, Borgonovo 1901–1966 Chur)

Painted plaster
14 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 4 in. (36.8 x 11.4 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Provenance

    Pierre Matisse, New York (possibly a gift from Giacometti, February 1948, or purchased from Giacometti, December 1948 - his d. 1989); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989 - her d. 2001); Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA).

  • Exhibition History

    "Alberto Giacometti: Plastiken, Gemälde, Zeichnungen," Wilhelm-Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, September 18-November 27, 1977, exh. cat. with essays by Heinz Fuchs, Gotthard Jedlicka, Dorothea & Siegfried Salzmann, Ernst-Gerhard Güse, James Lord, Michael Brenson, Jean-Christophe Ammann, Reinhold Hohl, Norbert Kricke, Max Imdahl, Karlheinz Nowald, and Eduard Trier, no. 21, pp. 145 (ill.), 223 [unspecified bronze cast; not our plaster];

    "Alberto Giacometti," Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence, July 8-September 30, 1978, exh. cat. by Jacques Dupin and Michel Leiris, no. 53 [bronze cast, not our plaster];

    "Alberto Giacometti," Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, November 14, 1990-January 15, 1991, exh. cat. edited by Kosme Mari?a de Baran?ano, with texts by T. Llorens, KM de Baranano, K van Maur, VJ Fletcher, V Bozal, E. Chilida, Ch. Bernoulli, and R. Hohl, no. 193, p. 446, ill. p. 446 [bronze cast 6/8, not our plaster];

    "Alberto Giacometti: Sculptures, peintures, dessins," Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, November 30, 1991-March 15, 1992, exh. cat. with preface by Suzanne Pagé, essays by Yves Bonnefoy, Pierre Schneider, Jean Clair, Rosalind Krauss, Georges Didi-Huberman, Christian Derouet, Danielle Molinari, Franz Meyer, Rémy Zaugg, Christian Klemm, Jean-Louis Prat, and Germain Viatte, excerpts of writings by Alberto Giacometti, André Breton, Louis Calyeux, Jacques Dupin, Jean Genet, Michel Leiris, James Lord, Francis Ponge, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Pierre Schneider, no. 94, pp. 188 (ill.), 460 [bronze cast 6/8, not our plaster];

    "Alberto Giacometti," Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, June 18-October 18, 1998, org. by Pierre Théberge and guest curator Jean-Louis Prat, exh.cat. with essays by Jean-Louis Prat and Valerie J. Fletcher, no. 45, ill. p. 97 [bronze cast 1/8, not our plaster];

    "Alberto Giacometti in Postwar Paris," Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, October 2-December 9, 2001, Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne, February 1-May 13, 2002, exh. cat. by Michael Peppiatt, no, 20, ill. p. 61 (as Small Bust on High Plinth (Diego), 1947, bronze, h. 37.5 cm, private coll.), and no. 22, ill. p. 63 [bronze casts, not our plaster].

  • References

    Alain Kirili, "Giacometti's Plasters," Art in America, vol. 67, no. 1 (January-February 1979), pp. 121-122 (no mention of our work; general discussion of plaster sculptures of the late 1940s);

    Tahar Ben Jelloun, Alberto Giacometti (Paris 1991), ill. p. 13; and English edition, Alberto Giacometti & Tahar Ben Jelloun, transl. from the French by Alan Sheridan (Paris 1991), ibid. [bronze cast; not our plaster];

    "Departmental Accessions," The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Annual Report for the Year 2003-2004 (November 9, 2004), p. 20.

    Sabine Rewald in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection (New York, 2009), pp. 60-62, 154, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History