Object Description

Title: Walking Man
Medium: Original Etching,1964, on paper, with full margins, signed by the artist in pencil
Size: Image: 98 x 149 mms, Sheet: 160 x 250 mms
Edition: 50
Published by: Maeght Editeur , Paris

Object History

Provenance: Leslie Hindeman Auctioneers, sold 15/5/2014
Note: This is taken from the frontispiece of the work “Biographie des oeuvres de Rene Char de 1928 – 1963, by Pierre-Andre Benoit. This was published by Ribaut-les-Tavernes in 1964
The Giacometti sculptures of the same name and subject have become legendary. These were made in 1961 and the second edition of the cast of one of these became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction with a p[rice of about $104.3 million. These works depict a lone man in mid-stride with his arms hanging at his side. The artist saw them as “both a humble image of an ordinary man, and a potent symbol of humanity”. Giacometti is said to have viewed “the natural equilibrium of the stride” as a symbol of “man’s own life force”. The work was depicted on the 1998 version of the 100 Swiss Franc banknote.

Object Literature

Literature: Herbert Lust “Alberto Giacometti The complete graphics” Number 176

Object Condition

Excellent

Object Classification

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