Fondation Giacometti -  Black Annette
AGD 250

Black Annette

Date 1962

Medium Oil on canvas

Dimensions 21,65 x 18,03 in.

Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris

Description

Annette Arm (1923-1993) met Giacometti in Geneva in 1943 and became his wife in 1949. From 1946, when she settled in Paris (she moved in to rue Hippolyte-Maindron in 1947) until the end of the artist’s life, Annette was one of Alberto’s favourite models. The sheer quantity of sculptures, paintings and drawings – whether portraits, nudes or studies – is comparable only to those Alberto made of his brother Diego. In this portrait, the figure of Annette is drawn in black, then coloured in grey, then reworked with white touches. The background is in an almost homogenous grey tone that does not fill the canvas right to the edges, leaving a white margin. The pictorial space is defined by a frame drawn by the artist. The dark tones of this portrait are present in many other paintings made at the beginning of the Sixties. The outline of the head comes from a multitude of approaches, as well as the details of the face, giving them an intense vibration. The model’s gaze, her eyes open wide, fixed straight ahead of her, is reminiscent of the frontal character of the Coptic funerary portraits that Giacometti greatly admired. This painting was exhibited in Giacometti’s lifetime in 1962 in Zurich with the title “Annette noire”, in 1964, within the “Bilanz Internationale Malerei seit 1950” group exhibition, at the Kunsthalle in Basel with the title “Portrait Annette” and in the artist’s retrospective in London and Humlebaek in 1965, with the title “Annette”. In the catalogues of these exhibitions, it is dated 1962.

Inscription

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Provenance

Annette GIACOMETTI
Succession Annette Giacometti
Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti

Exhibition history

1962 XXXI Biennale internazionale d'arte, Venice (Italy), Biennale d'arte, from June 16th to October 7th 1962
1962 Alberto Giacometti, Zurich (Switzerland), Kunsthaus Zürich, from December 2nd 1962 to January 6th 1963, no. 169
1964 Bilanz Internationale Malerei seit 1950, from June 20th to August 23rd 1964, no. 66
1965 Alberto Giacometti. Sculpture Paintings Drawings 1913 1965, London (United Kingdom), Tate Gallery, from July 17th to August 30th 1965, no. 147
1965 Alberto Giacometti, Humlebæk (Denmark), Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, from September 18th to October 24th 1965, no. 136
1977 Alberto Giacometti. Plastiken. Gemälde. Zeichnungen, Duisburg (Germany), Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg, from September 17th to November 27th 1977, no. 77
1978 Alberto Giacometti, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France), Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, from July 8th to September 30th 1978, no. 181
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. 237
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
2004 Contre / Images, Nîmes (France), Carré d'art, Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, from June 3rd to September 26th 2004
2005 The Women of Giacometti, New York, NY (United States Of America), Pace Wildenstein, from October 28th to December 3rd 2005
2006 The Women of Giacometti, Dallas, TX (United States Of America), Nasher Sculpture Center, from January 14th to April 9th 2006
2006 Alberto Giacometti - Bror Hjorth, Stockholm (Sweden), Liljevalchs Konsthall, from September 23rd 2006 to January 7th 2007, no. 41
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. 47
2008 Alberto Giacometti, Rotterdam (Netherlands), Kunsthal, from October 18th 2008 to February 8th 2009, no. 109
2009 Arte na França. 1860-1960 : O Realismo, from April 14th to August 30th 2009
2009 Assises de la consommation - contrefaçons arts plastiques et design, Paris (France), Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Industrie et de l'Emploi, from 26th to October 26th 2009
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
2015 Alberto Giacometti, Istanbul, Tepebasi-Beyoglu-Istanbul (Turkey), PERA MUSEUM, from February 10th to April 26th 2015
2015 Alberto Giacometti au Fonds Hélène et Edouard Leclerc, Landerneau (France), Fonds Hélène & Edouard Leclerc, from June 14th to October 25th 2015
2016 Alberto Giacometti retrospective at Yuz Museum, Shanghai (China), The Shanghai Yuz Museum, from March 22nd to July 31st 2016
2017 Picasso-Giacometti at Doha, Doha (Qatar), Fire Station, from February 22nd to May 21st 2017
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, Bilbao (Spain), Guggenheim Museum, from October 19th 2018 to February 24th 2019

Bibliography

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Alberto GIACOMETTI, in Louisiana Revy, Humlebæk : Editions Louisiana, no. 1, september 1965, p. quatrième de couverture
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