The Surrealist Table (1933) by Alberto Giacometti

The Surrealist Table - Alberto Giacometti - 1933

Artwork Information

TitleThe Surrealist Table
ArtistAlberto Giacometti
Dimensions56 1/4 x 40 1/2 x 17 in. (143 x 103 x 43 cm)
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France

About The Surrealist Table

The artwork titled “The Surrealist Table” was created by Alberto Giacometti in 1933, epitomizing the Surrealism movement. Cast in bronze, this sculpture spans dimensions of 56 1/4 x 40 1/2 x 17 inches (143 x 103 x 43 cm). This piece of the surrealist genre is housed at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France.

“The Surrealist Table” by Alberto Giacometti is an evocative sculpture that disrupts conventional representations of functional objects. The artwork showcases a table that supports a seemingly abstract elongation of human-like forms and shapes. On one side of the table stands a figure draped with what appears to be a fabric, presenting a disc-like head tilted towards a sharp, crystalline form resting on the flat surface. The table itself stands on unevenly shaped legs, one resembling a spindle, that contribute to the overall uneasy and contorted aesthetic of the piece.

The sculpture embodies Surrealism’s fascination with the subconscious and the transformation of the mundane into the extraordinary, challenging viewers’ perceptions of reality and the ordinary objects they interact with daily. Through “The Surrealist Table,” Giacometti explores themes of existence, perception, and the peculiar convergence of the animate with the inanimate, inviting contemplation on the surreal encounters in the seemingly ordinary.

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