Alberto Giacometti, Le couple (Homme et femme), 1926, bronze, 59,5 x 37 x 17,5 cm, exemplaire Fondation Maeght

Man and Woman, 1926

This sculpture is imbued with African art. A colour pencil and Indian ink study was done for it and was produced the same year as the Spoon Woman. Beyond this comparison, it alludes to the erotic tension between a man and a woman. Giacometti incorporates the feminine aspect in an ellipse structure that takes on that of the genitals, with the mouth echoing the breasts. The male aspect’s reverse conical mass defines the space uniting the two figures.

Alberto Giacometti (1901 - 1966)

Aimé Maeght was his art dealer. The artist’s first exhibition was presented at the Galerie Maeght in Paris in 1951. Working with Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, Alberto Giacometti would donate exceptional works, from the first works with surrealist influence until works at the end of his life in the 60s. The Foundation possesses the largest collection of the artist in Europe, with the Zurich Kunsthaus and the Fondation Giacometti in Paris.

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