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Woman of Venice II

Artist:
Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, Borgonovo 1901–1966 Chur)
Date:
1956
Medium:
Painted bronze
Dimensions:
47 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. (121.6 x 32.1 x 14 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.25
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 907
This figure is part of a series of fifteen versions of a female nude modeled from the same clay, on the same armature, nine of which were cast in bronze. The artist said, "The last of the states was no more definite that its predecessors. All were provisional...all standing figures and heads are states." This figure is the only painted one in the group.
Inscription: Signed and numbered (left base): Alberto Giacometti 1/6

Marking: Inscribed (reverse of base): Susse Fondeur Paris
the artist (1956–57; sold in 1957 to Pierre Matisse); [Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 1957; sold in 1957 to Alsdorf]; James W. Alsdorf, Chicago (1957–at least 1966; sold to Herbert West); [Herbert West Gallery, Chicago]; Milton Ratner, Fort Lee, N. J. (by 1974–82; sale, Christie's, New York, November 3, 1982, no. 63, probably sold to E.V. Thaw for Gelman); Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1982–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d.1998; her bequest to MMA)

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Alberto Giacometti," June 9–October 10, 1965, no. 50 (as "Figure from Venice II," lent by Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf).

Art Institute of Chicago. "Alberto Giacometti," November 5–December 12, 1965, no. 50.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Alberto Giacometti," January 11-February 20, 1966, no. 50.

San Francisco Museum of Art. "Alberto Giacometti," March 10-April 24, 1966, no. 50.

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective Exhibition," April 5–June 23, 1974, no. 77 (as "Woman of Venice II (Femme de Venise II)," lent by the Ratner Family Collection, Ft. Lee, New Jersey).

Minneapolis. Walker Art Center. "Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective Exhibition," July 13–September 1, 1974, no. 77.

Cleveland Museum of Art. "Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective Exhibition," September 24–October 27, 1974, no. 77.

Ottawa. National Gallery of Canada. "Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective Exhibition," November 15, 1974–January 5, 1975, no. 77.

Des Moines Art Center. "Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective Exhibition," January 27–March 2, 1975, no. 77.

Montréal. Musée d'Art Contemporain. "Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective Exhibition," March 27–May 4, 1975, no.77.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," December 12, 1989–April 1, 1990, unnumbered cat. (p. 264).

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," April 19–July 15, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "De Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman," June 18–November 1, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 288).

Reinhold Hohl. Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective Exhibition. Exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York, 1974, pp. 24–25, 32, 103, no. 77, ill.

Harold Rosenberg. "The Art World: Reality at Cockcrow." New Yorker (June 10, 1974), p. 70.

Milton D. Ratner. Alberto Giacometti: The Milton D. Ratner Family Collection. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1974, pp. 14–15, ill., calls it "Femme de Venise".

Valerie J. Fletcher. Alberto Giacometti, 1901–1966. Exh. cat., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Washington, D. C., 1988, p. 45.

Sabine Rewald in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 264–65, 300, ill. (color and bw).



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