Alberto Giacometti

Woman Walking

1936

This sculpture is conceived in the rational and formally serene mode Alberto Giacometti pursued concurrently with his dark Surrealist explorations of the subconscious. Woman Walking has none of the ferocity of Woman with Her Throat Cut, though both works were executed during the same period. The graceful, calm plaster seems to have its source in the frontal figures of ancient Egypt, posed with left feet slightly ahead of right in fearless confrontation of death. Despite the pose, Woman Walking, like its Egyptian ancestors, conveys no sense of movement. In its flatness, the work evokes the traditions of the highly simplified Cycladic figure and the geometric kouros of archaic Greece. The notion of depicting the fragmentary nude without limbs or merely a torso goes back to archaeological remnants from classical sculpture, and in recent times back to Auguste Rodin’s notorious The Walking Torso with no arms nor head (1900–1907, Musée Rodin, Paris). Woman Walking also reflects Giacometti’s awareness of twentieth-century sculptors, particularly Constantin Brancusi and Alexander Archipenko.

Artist Alberto Giacometti
Original Title Femme qui marche
Date 1936
Medium Plaster
Dimensions 150 cm high, including base
Credit line Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)
Accession 76.2553 PG 132
Collection Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Type Sculpture

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