Giacometti designed the twelve-sided polyhedron as his only abstract sculpture. Only two known bronzes were made. That of the Fondation Maeght (1962, Susse foundry) does not have a self-portrait unlike the one at the Giacometti Foundation in Zurich (1959, Susse foundry). Alberto Giacometti made it at the end of 1933 or the beginning of 1934 (date given to Pierre Matisse in a letter from 1947), that is a time known for being that of a personal crisis marked by the shift between the time said to be surrealist and a supposed sudden return to working on figures with models.
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.