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Femme égorgée [Woman with her Throat Cut]
© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London), 2015

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Femme égorgée [Woman with her Throat Cut] About 1932

Not on display

This drawing relates to a bronze sculpture of the same name, which is also in the collection of the Modern One. One of the main differences between the drawing and the sculpture is the aggressive presence of the splintered stake which pins the woman’s body to the ground. As in the sculpture, a nick is clearly visible in the windpipe of the figure as it gasps for breath, horribly contorted. Despite the gruesome tone of the drawing, it was first reproduced in the middle of an article about music in the Surrealist periodical ‘Minotaure’. The drawing was previously owned by both Edward James and Gabrielle Keiller, two important patrons of Surrealism.

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The support given to artists by an individual or organisation, usually through buying or funding their work.


A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Patronage , Surrealism


  • Acc. No. GMA 3982
  • Medium Pen and ink on paper
  • Size 31.60 x 24.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995