seated female figure sits with hands folded on lap in center of composition; series of horizontal and vertical lines form a background resembling door and window frames; lines are sketch-like and abstracted in areas with visible erasures

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Untitled (Annette), 1957

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2016 Accession Highlight

Alberto Giacometti is an internationally renowned sculptor, painter, and graphic artist whose work is acclaimed for its evocative interpretation of the human condition. His post-war figurative sculpture and unique approach to portraiture represented a radical departure from the dominance of abstract painting in the 1950s, and stood as an exemplar of how the figure might return to contemporary art. This graphite drawing of the artist’s wife, Annette, is a seminal example of Giacometti’s post-war portraiture, and exemplifies his symbolic interpretation of the generic human being, one alone in a bleak universe devoid of meaning. This is the first drawing by Giacometti to enter the museum’s collection. Mia currently owns one bronze sculpture and two editioned prints by the artist. While our bronze sculpture of Diego (the artist’s brother) is, an important example of his work, the addition of a major drawing by Giacometti represents a significant addition that will enhance the museum’s modern drawing collection and bolster our ability to present a broader and more accurate presentation of Giacometti’s work—and of international modernism as a whole. This is one of the latest in an impressive list of gifts from Mary and Bob Mersky.

seated female figure sits with hands folded on lap in center of composition; series of horizontal and vertical lines form a background resembling door and window frames; lines are sketch-like and abstracted in areas with visible erasures

© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris and ADAGP, Paris) 2016

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