Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1967
Palma Bucarelli, Giacometti, Rome, 1962, no. 64, another cast illustrated (titled Figurina (senza braccia) and as dating from 1954-55)
Yves Bonnefoy, Alberto Giacometti: A Biography of his Work, Paris, 1991, no. 389, illustration of another cast p. 408 (titled Figurine (without Arms) and as dating from 1956)
Dating from 1956, Femme debout sans bras was created around the same time as the series of Giacometti's acclaimed Femmes de Venise, which made their debut at the Venice Biennale in 1956. After his success at the Biennale, Giacometti continued to develop the theme of standing female figures, elongating and accentuating the woman’s body and challenging the limits of the malleability and manipulation of his bronze figures. His exploration of this theme culminated in 1960 with his Grandes femmes, which were intended as part of a project for Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York City. In the present sculpture, created without arms and with the body and head highly stylised, Giacometti offers his vision of the essence of a female figure - not in a naturalistic, descriptive manner, but as a form occupying space, as a presence in our space and in our perception.
According to the Comité Giacometti, an edition of six bronzes of this work was cast from 1956 to 1958 by the Susse Foundry. The plaster version is in the collection of the Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung in Zurich.
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