Diego Giacometti, Lampe tête de femme (Head of a Woman Lamp), pair of Figural Lamps


Signed Diego Giacometti bronze, Lampe tête de femme (Head of a Woman Lamp), pair of Figural Lamps

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Artist:Diego Giacometti (1902 - 1985)

Title:Lampe tête de femme (Head of a Woman Lamp), pair of Figural Lamps

Medium:Pair of Bronze with Brown Patina Sculptural Lamps

Image Size:Height: 20 in (51 cm)

Edition:Possibly from the edition of 200 ca 1970

Condition:This work is in excellent condition

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Diego Giacometti Lampe tête de femme (Head of a Woman Lamp), pair of Figural Lamp is characterized by delicate modeling and exquisite craftsmanship. Furnishings designed by Diego Giacometti, and his brother Alberto, are celebrated for their gracefully artistry and elegant functionality. The Giacometti’s were gifted with an exceptional intrinsic understanding of form, correctness of proportion, and well-designed pieces. The bronze enhances the sculptural quality of the lamps, blurring the line between a work of art and a utilitarian object.

As Giacometti scholar Robert Wernick states, “Diego had very clear and simple ideas of what furniture should be like: simple, practical, comfortable, solid.” Like all of Diego’s creations, these lamps can make themselves “home in any room,” bringing grace and elegance to pure functionality (Catalogue de l’oeuvre). With low wattage light bulbs, these stately and beautiful lamps exude a warm illumination that gently flows over the figures—giving life and wonderfully animating the pieces, so much so, that their hair appears to become tousled by wind and their arms move slowly up and down. While individually beautiful, these lamps are best positioned together as a pair.

Designed circa 1937 and cast at a later date ca 1970, this pair of bronze with brown patina sculptural lamps is possibly from the edition of 200 ca 1970.

 

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Diego Giacometti Head of a Woman Lamp (Lampe tête de femme), Pair of Figural Lamps is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the sale of the work):

1. Diego Giacometti, Catalogue de l’oeuvre, Vol. I.Paris. Illustrated as plate no. 26-27, listed with information in ‘table des illustrations.’

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Why Giacometti?

Diego Giacometti, the younger brother of famed surrealist Alberto Giacometti, shares an almost identical aesthetic. His love of animal forms shows in his lithographs, sculptures, and originals.

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Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)

Diego Giacometti Biography

"Alberto Giacometti praised his brother's works of art very much and took visitors with him to Diego's studio to admire with them the latest pieces of work exclaiming again and again:' Diego has more than enough talent, oh yes, more than enough!" (James Lord) On the 15th of November 1902, Diego Giacometti was born as the son of the painter Giovanni Giacometti and the brother of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti into a famous family of artists, which came from the valley Bergell in the Italian-speaking part of the Switzerland. Diego attended schools in Stampa, Schiers, Sankt Gallen and Basel. Then he initially learned the profession of a trader before he moved to Paris and became the consultant and companion of his brother Alberto in 1925. Diego Giacometti was the closest assistant of his brother, made plaster casts and frameworks for Alberto's fragile statues and patinated all the bronze sculptures. Furthermore, he posed for his brother every day until the death of Alberto in 1966. During World War II from 1939 until 1945, Diego Giacometti began with his own sculptural works of art. From 1950 on he increasingly created furniture and objects, mostly works commissioned by interior designers, art collectors and gallerists. After his brother's death, Diego Giacometti completely concentrated upon his own art. He presumably created 4000 to 5000 objects and sculptures, which he sold to friends and acquaintances still in his lifetime. His last, big commission made him well known in a wide range of the public. Diego Giacometti was responsible for the décor of the Picasso museum in Paris, which opened in September 1985. The furniture, banisters, metal fittings on the doors and ceiling lamps are works done by the artist. Diego Giacometti, who died in Paris on the 15th of July 1985, wasn't able see the opening of the museum any more. His works of art are highly rated today and make him – the so-called "other Giacometti", who was in his brother's shade for 40 years – an independent artist.

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