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Lot N° 37

Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)

Little Monster N°2


Susse cast iron

Creation in 1953 cast in 1958

Edition 5/6

Bearing the stamp of the founder

Signed and numbered on the side of the base on its left

Certificate (AGD Number 4445)

10 x 3.6 x 3.3 cm

Designed in 1953 - 1954 and cast in 1958, this work is number 5 of an edition of 6 and is registered in the Alberto Giacometti database under number 4445, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity provided by the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation.

The Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Giacometti's best-known works were mainly created after the war. The artist was confronted with a new experience of distance and movement after a film session, during which he perceived the difference between human perception and cinematic interpretation. As a result of this experimentation, his works are no longer conceived as a physical replica of reality, but as a sensitive, tangible and above all elusive figure.

If the general public is more accustomed to his long and slender sculptures, the artist creates between 1938 and 1944, characters measuring a maximum of 7 centimeters. These works of a particular kind are meant to apprehend and reflect the distance from which the artist studies his model. After leaving occupied Paris for Geneva during the Second World War, Giacometti returned to his Paris studio in September 1945. His sculptures, conceived during the four years of the war, were then packed into six matchboxes. These miniature works became a powerful symbol of resilience, and of the chaos experienced by Europe during this period.

In the mid-1950s, Giacometti again reduced his head, bust and figure motifs, and with this work, "Petit Monstre", relaunched his "compulsive doctrine of annihilation". This tiny work is not minimalist, it is full of details and asperities. This work, Petit Monstre II, embodies the play of scale and distance to which Giacometti would be sensitive throughout his career. This figure exudes enormous emotional power despite its modest size.

Provenance :

o Pierre Matisse gallery, New York, NY USA

o Private collection New York, NY USA

o Sale Sothebys NY May 1978 lot 400

o Bonhams sale London October 2004 lot 52

o Private collection NY

o Sale Neuilly /seine December 2007 lot 171

o Private collection Belgium


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