Swiss, born 1901
Buste de Diego (Bust of Diego) circa 1954
Collection Walker Art Center
Gift of the T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1957
From the age of 14, Alberto Giacometti (pronounced "jocko-metty") made many portrait busts using his younger brother, Diego, as a model. A bust is a sculpture of a person's head and shoulders. In Bust de Diego, the artist portrays more than the realistic features of his brother, who was his assistant, critic, and friend, in order to show Diego's true character. He shaped clay to make the figure appear narrow, lean, and tall from the front with a more lifelike profile from the side. Later the form was cast in bronze. Giacometti was well known for his style that combines a rough, bumpy surface with stretched-out figures that stand alone.
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