His figures will not be new : the walking man, the standing woman and the big head. Refusing obstinately the solution of a mechanical enlargement, he works to establish new proportions that will allow his statues not to be miniaturized by the 60 floors of the bank nor to seem huge to the passers-by.
Alberto does not yet know New York. After many trials in plaster and bronze, he is discouraged by his own belief of the gigantism of the city and renounces the project in 1960. He does not however scrap everything. Four Grande Femme Debout, two Homme qui marche and one Tête de Diego are preserved.
The Homme qui marche I in life size is hardly higher than the Homme au doigt from 1947 but it is one of the best symbols of the vision of the humanity by Giacometti. The bronze 2/6 edited by Susse in 1961 was sold for £ 65M including premium by Sotheby's on February 3, 2010.
The four women are of various heights. With her 2.75 m tall, the Grande Femme II is the giant who dominates the whole group. The number 1/6 cast by Susse in 1961 was sold for $ 27.5M including premium by Christie's on May 6, 2008.
This bronze, the highest ever made by the artist, is the subject of a posthumous re-edition in 1980-1981 also by Susse in seven copies plus two artist's proofs for Annette Giacometti and plus one for the Fondation Maeght. One of the épreuves d'artiste will be sold by Christie's in Paris on October 19, lot 8.
Alberto first visited New York City in October 1965. Suffering from cancer since 1963 he at last appreciated when it was too late how he could have integrated his ultimate work within Manhattan. He conceived an even taller sculpture and put Diego in charge of preparing the big frame but this project was stopped by his own death.
SOLD for € 25M including premium