Alberto Giacometti Swiss

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 903

Best known for the sculptures of attenuated and often isolated standing and walking figures he produced from the 1940s onward, Giacometti began his artistic exploration of existentially fraught subjects in the previous decade with works such as Head/Skull. Here, he reimagines the ephemeral human skull in a fixed, crystalline form, replacing the curvature of the head with flat planes and sharp facets to evoke the fleeting nature of life. The artist’s interest in psychologically disruptive imagery tied his work to the movement known as Surrealism.

Head/Skull, Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, Borgonovo 1901–1966 Chur), Plaster

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