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Mere de l'artiste a la fenetre, (The artist's mother at the window)

Accession Number
2008/2.271

Title
Mere de l'artiste a la fenetre, (The artist's mother at the window)

Artist(s)
Alberto Giacometti

Artist Nationality
Swiss

Object Creation Date
1964

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
26 3/4 in x 19 11/16 in (68 cm x 50 cm);26 3/4 in x 19 11/16 in (68 cm x 50 cm);28 5/8 in x 21 1/2 in x 1 in (72.7 cm x 54.6 cm x 2.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson

Subject matter
Giacometti most famously created series of elongated, textured figural sculptures. Always quietly anonymous, the figures are striking in their unusual stance. Giacometti was also a portraitist, and frequently depicted his inner circle. Even in the context of personal portraits, Giacometti favored a highly stylized technique. The woman in this print is the artist's mother. Giacometti situates her in a scene, but also depicts her in a hieratic pose. Giacometti essentializes her pose in order to allow his mother become an icon. 

EC 2017

Physical Description
Interior scene of a woman sitting at a desk.  A window is visible in the background. The image is faintly sketched.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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interior spaces (spaces by location)
mothers
sitting

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