Fondation Giacometti -  Caroline
AGD 254

Caroline

Date 1965

Medium Oil on canvas

Dimensions 51,18 x 35,03 in.

Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris

Description

Caroline is the pseudonym of a woman of easy virtue Giacometti met in a bar in Montparnasse in 1958. From 1960 she started to sit for him, and continued sitting regularly until the artist’s death. Giacometti painted at least thirty portraits of Caroline and made a bust of her in 1961. Pursuing the research initiated with the portraits of Yanaihara a few years before, the series of portraits of Caroline represents the ultimate result of an intense work on the portrait and the representation of the face. In the portraits of the Sixties, Giacometti’s attention was more and more focused on the head, the fundamental core of the figure. “If I manage to make at least the head, the background will come naturally,” he said to his friend and model Isaku Yanaihara in 1956. It is the case for this painting, in which the face visibly takes on more importance: while the background and the body of the model are barely sketched with light strokes, the face is worked on insistently and repeatedly until becoming dense and black, sculpted like an African mask. Moreover, it is set off by an ochre “halo” that strongly contrasts with the rest of the white background. In other portraits from 1965, Caroline is depicted in bust form (cut at the knees), in that same red dress and with her hands joined, which would confirm the dating published during the two exhibitions where this painting was presented in Giacometti’s lifetime, in London and in Humlebaek, in 1965 under the title “Caroline”.

Inscription

No inscription

Provenance

Annette GIACOMETTI
Succession Annette Giacometti
Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti

Exhibition history

1965 Alberto Giacometti. Sculpture Paintings Drawings 1913 1965, London (United Kingdom), Tate Gallery, from July 17th to August 30th 1965, no. 152
1965 Alberto Giacometti, Humlebæk (Denmark), Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, from September 18th to October 24th 1965, no. 141
1991 Alberto Giacometti. Sculptures. Peintures. Dessins, Paris (France), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, from November 30th 1991 to March 15th 1992, no. 269
1992 Alberto Giacometti, Tampere (Finland), Sara Hildénin taidemuseo
1992 Alberto Giacometti, Tampere (Finland), Sara Hildénin taidemuseo
1994 Alberto Giacometti. Skulpturer. Mälningar. Teckningar, Malmö (Sweden), Malmö Konsthall, from October 29th 1994 to January 22nd 1995
2005 Alberto Giacometti. Percorsi lombardi, Sondrio (Italy), Museo Valtellinese di Storia e Arte, from January 20th to April 22nd 2005, no. 21
2006 Alberto Giacometti, Kamakura (Japan), The Museum of Modern Art, from June 3rd to July 30th 2006, no. II-35
2006 Alberto Giacometti, Kobe (Japan), Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, from August 8th to October 1st 2006, no. II-35
2006 Alberto Giacometti, Sakura (Japan), Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, from October 10th to December 3rd 2006, no. II-35
2007 L'atelier d'Alberto Giacometti, Paris (France), Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, from October 15th 2007 to February 11th 2008, no. 50
2008 En perspective, Giacometti, Caen (France), Musée des Beaux-Arts, from May 17th to August 31st 2008
2008 Alberto Giacometti, Rotterdam (Netherlands), Kunsthal, from October 18th 2008 to February 8th 2009, no. 124
2010 Alberto Giacometti. Der Ursprung des Raumes, Wolfsbourg (Germany), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, from November 20th 2010 to March 6th 2011, no. 34
2011 Alberto Giacometti. Der Ursprung des Raumes, Salzbourg (Austria), Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, from March 26th to July 3rd 2011
2011 Alberto Giacometti. Una retrospectiva. Colección de la Fundación Alberto y Annette Giacometti, Malaga (Spain), Museo Picasso, from October 17th 2011 to February 5th 2012
2012 Alberto Giacometti. Coleção da Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Pinacoteca do estado, from March 24th to June 17th 2012
2012 Alberto Giacometti. Coleção da Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Museu de Arte Moderna, from July 17th to September 16th 2012
2012 Alberto Giacometti. Colección de la Fundación Alberto y Annette Giacometti,París, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Fundación PROA, from October 13th 2012 to January 9th 2013
2014 Giacometti Without End (Paris sans fin) , Hong Kong (China), Gagosian Gallery, from March 13th to May 3rd 2014
2015 Alberto Giacometti, Istanbul, Tepebasi-Beyoglu-Istanbul (Turkey), PERA MUSEUM, from February 10th to April 26th 2015
2016 Alberto Giacometti retrospective at Yuz Museum, Shanghai (China), The Shanghai Yuz Museum, from March 22nd to July 31st 2016
2017 Alberto Giacometti, L'Oeuvre ultime., Nice (France), Espace culturel départemental du port de Nice, from June 23rd to October 15th 2017
2018 Alberto Giacometti Retrospective Québec, Quebec (Canada), Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec, from February 8th to May 13th 2018
2018 Giacometti Retrospective Guggenheim New York, New York, NY (United States Of America), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, from June 8th to September 12th 2018
2018 Giacometti Restrospective Bilbao (3e itinérance Tate), Bilbao (Spain), Guggenheim Museum, from October 19th 2018 to February 24th 2019

Bibliography

Apollo, London, june 2009, p. 50, pl. 3, ill. p. 50
Alberto GIACOMETTI, in Louisiana Revy, Humlebæk : Editions Louisiana, no. 1, september 1965, cat. no. 141
Véronique WIESINGER, "Alberto Giacometti au Brésil et en Argentine, une grande rétrospective ...", in Art croissance, Paris, no. 5, september 2012 - november 2012, ill. p. 12
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Suzanne PAGE (under the direction of), Alberto Giacometti. Sculptures. Peintures. Dessins, Paris : Paris-Musées, 1991, cat. no. 269, p. 366-367, ill. p. 367
Alberto Giacometti, Tampere : Sara Hildénin taidemuseo, 1992, p. 230, ill. p. 173
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Caroline assise, Tokyo : Imex Fine Art, 2006
Véronique WIESINGER, Toshio YAMANASHI (under the direction of), Alberto Giacometti, Tokyo : The Tokyo Shimbun, 2006, cat. no. II-35, p. 58, ill. p. 58
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Markus BRUDERLIN, Toni STOOSS (under the direction of), Alberto Giacometti. Der Ursprung des Raumes, Ostfildern : HATJE CANTZ VERLAG, 2010 / Wolfsbourg : Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 2010 / Salzbourg : Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, 2010, p. 253, ill. p. 162
Markus BRUDERLIN, Toni STOOSS (under the direction of), Alberto Giacometti. The Origin of Space, Ostfildern : HATJE CANTZ VERLAG, 2010 / Wolfsburg : Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 2010, p. 253, ill. p. 162
Véronique WIESINGER (under the direction of), Giacometti, Sao Paulo : Cosac & Naify Ediçoes, 2012, ill. p. 179
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Véronique WIESINGER (under the direction of), Alberto Giacometti. Una retrospectiva, Barcelona : Ediciones Poligrafa, 2012 / Malaga : Museo Picasso, 2012, ill. p. 67

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