Alberto Giacometti

Objet désagréable à jeter [Disagreeable Object to be Thrown away]

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About this artwork

This wooden object is designed to be picked up and played with, and can stand in several different positions. It is satisfying to hold, but is also sinister and possibly offensive. Although it looks as if it has been built for a purpose (possibly sexual), the artist has left this for the viewer to decide. It is similar in shape to a type of stool made in Western Africa, although one of the 'legs' is fixed to the top of the 'seat.' Giacometti made this piece while working with the surrealist group.

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  • title:
    Objet désagréable à jeter [Disagreeable Object to be Thrown away]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3547
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  • materials:
    Wood
  • date created:
    1931
  • measurements:
    19.60 x 31.00 x 29.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1990
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Annette et Alberto Giacometti, Paris and ADAGP, Paris), licensed in the UK by ACS and DACS, London 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti