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Alberto Giacometti
PORTRAIT DE PIERRE REVERDY
Estimate
14,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Alberto Giacometti
PORTRAIT DE PIERRE REVERDY
Estimate
14,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Alberto Giacometti
1901 - 1966
PORTRAIT DE PIERRE REVERDY
pen and ink on paper
28.1 by 22.6cm., 11 1/8 by 8 7/8 in.
Executed in 1962.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Giacometti and it is recorded in the Alberto Giacometti Database under number 2895.

Provenance

Madame Tériade, Paris
Jan Krugier (acquired from the above in 1989; sale: Sotheby's, London, 24th June 2014, lot 313)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Shanghai, Museum of Contemporary Art, Culture Chanel, 2011, n.n., illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Literature

Linie, Licht und Schatten, Meisterzeichnungen und Skulpturen der Sammlung Jan und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski (exhibition catalogue), Berlin, 1999, illustrated p. 403
The Timeless Eye, Master Drawings from the Jan and Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowsky Collection (exhibition catalogue), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 1999, illustrated p. 403

Catalogue Note

Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960) was a French poet whose writing was inspired by and subsequently proceeded to influence the art movements of Surrealism, Dadaism and Cubism. He interacted and collaborated with many of his avant-garde contemporaries, including Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Georges Braque but his work was most admired by the Surrealists due to the sense of isolation and spiritual apprehension that underlined his work, and which appealed to the Surrealist credo. Giacometti, who greatly admired Reverdy’s key ideas and wrote down in his notebook reminders to regularly re-read his writing, captures the poet’s self-assuredness and intellect with his contemplative expression. The present work speaks of the complex relationships between the different artists and ideas that characterised the time in which Reverdy and Giacometti were working. The work was also part of the legendary collection of dealer Jan Krugier, who was known for owning exquisite works on paper from many of the great masters of this medium. Displaying Giacometti’s distinctive formal technique which extracts much of the sparse vigour as his sculpture, this posthumous portrait demonstrates the artist's obsessive exploration of the human guise.

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