Woman with Her Throat Cut (1932) by Alberto Giacometti

Woman with Her Throat Cut - Alberto Giacometti - 1932 - 1940

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TitleWoman with Her Throat Cut
ArtistAlberto Giacometti
Date1932 - 1940
Dimensions7 7/8 x 29 1/2 x 22 7/8 in. (20 x 75 x 58 cm)
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, US
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About Woman with Her Throat Cut

The Woman with Her Throat Cut is a sculpture created by Alberto Giacometti in 1932. It depicts a violent image of a woman who has been raped and murdered, part woman, part crustacean, and part insect. The sculpture is horizontally positioned and intended to be placed without a base on the floor.

Giacometti, a Swiss-born sculptor who studied in Geneva and later moved to Paris in 1922, was influenced by various artistic styles, including Cubism and Surrealism. His work explores themes of sexuality, obsession, and trauma. The Woman with Her Throat Cut represents his contribution to Surrealist sculpture.

Considered grotesque and perplexing, the sculpture reflects Surrealism’s fixation with the irrational, sexual duality, and archetypes. It is currently on display at the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art, where visitors can see it as an example of Giacometti’s exploration of the human form and the darker aspects of human existence.

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