His threadlike characters are both fragile in their bodies and solid in their bronze. These humans are not identifiable but the original plaster tirelessly kneaded by the artist's hand brings them a tormented texture that resembles their creator.
Pierre Matisse is seduced but cannot wait. Alberto achieves in 1947 in a hurry which is not his usual practice his primordial trilogy dominated by the Man with the finger. The other two elements are the Walking man with his compass shaped legs prophesying the imbalance of the future, and his opposite the everlasting Standing woman.
Other figures will soon be created as well as groups and busts. The attitude of the frail and stoic woman will remain unchanged throughout Alberto's career as if this perfectionist artist had at first found how to express the timeless woman. With her strictly joined legs she is inspired from the Egyptian anthropomorphic coffins. Gilt or perched on a chariot to be worshiped, she is the mother goddess of Alberto's surrealist pantheon.
On June 21 in London, Sotheby's sells Grande Figure, a bronze 1.30m high in a patina of dark gold color. Cast as a unique copy by the Alexis Rudier company in Paris in 1948 from a plaster dated 1947, it is one of the earliest large size examples of Alberto's standing woman. It is estimated £ 15M, lot 57.
SOLD for £ 18M including premium