Walking Woman

Femme qui marche

Modeled 1933–34; cast in 1955
Alberto Giacometti (Swiss (worked in France), 1901–1966), Cast by Fiorini's Foundry, London


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

151 x 11.25 x 38.1 cm (59 7/16 x 4 7/16 x 15 in.)

Accession Number

64.520

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Slim, almost flat, headless and armless with elongated legs, left foot slightly forward, on rectangular base with beveled sides.


The formal and elongated, almost abstract, walking pose of this bronze reflects Giacometti’s interest in traditional African art, as well as his fascination with ancient Egyptian sculpture. This work is one of Giacometti’s earliest explorations of the walking figure, a central theme in his later sculptures. Born in the Italian part of Switzerland, Giacometti moved to Paris in 1922, where he kept a studio for the rest of his life.

Signed

Signature of Giacometti incised at right side.

Markings

Number IV/IV at back.

Provenance

1955, Hanover Gallery, London [see note 1]; 1964, sold by Hanover Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 8, 1964)

NOTES:
[1] In 1936, the plaster original of the Femme Qui Marche was sold to Sir Roland Penrose, London, who sold it to Valerie Cooper, London. In 1955, Valerie Cooper sold the plaster original to the Hanover Gallery, London, which commissioned an edition of 4 bronze casts from Fiorini's Foundry, London. The MFA's piece is marked as the fourth cast in this edition. See Ronald Alley, "Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art" (London, 1981), p. 277 (cat. no. T.1519).

Credit Line

Major Henry Lee Higginson and William Francis Warden Funds

Copyright

© 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Licensed by VAGA, New York.