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Tall Figure IV, 1960

Alberto Giacometti

Swiss, 1901-1966
Bronze, Edition of 6, Cast No. 1
106-1/2 x 12 x 22 in. (270.5 x 30.5 x 55.9 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1965.1.S
Art © 2014 Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and ARS, New York, NY Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Alberto Giacometti was born in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland to a family of artists. After settling in Paris at the age of twenty-one, he became inspired by Constantin Brancusi, as well as tribal art and Cubism. Giacometti was a painter, a printmaker and a writer, but he is best known for the tall, thin figures he began to produce after World War II. Of the attenuated proportions the artist once said: “I am interested in the head from the brains down. In my sculpture I make the head the fort of the mind. The legs are only the mind’s antenna to earth.” Tall Figure IV is one of Giacometti's last masterpieces.

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