Walking man is a well-known sculpture that pierced with its deep meaning all the art of the XX century. The authorship belongs to the ingenious master, graphic artist, artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). A new look at the existence of an ordinary person, provided him with fame not only in his native Switzerland, but also in other famous art capitals.
This sculpture was created in 1961 and became the impetus for the creation of subsequent works of similar subjects. The height of the statue reaches 183 cm. It is poured out of bronze, it depicts a lonely man, frozen in a half-step with his arms outstretched. The appearance is indicated extremely minimally - this is a thin, fragile, very elongated figure. The image of the sculpture is symbolic: executed in line with the canons of existentialism, it calls for a return to the problems of a simple, vulnerable person. A distinctive feature of the work is worth noting the huge feet of the figure, which stand out significantly against the background of a lean body.
Being a great humanist, Alberto Giacometti thus presents the whole essence of the “walking man”: in spite of difficulties, a person is able to step further, overcoming them. Standing firmly on the ground, he is not afraid to stubbornly go to his goal. In addition, the author further focuses on the facial features of the figure - pointed in shape, with a piercing gaze, it inspires hope for the implementation of all intentions.
The sculpture was presented to the public for the first time in 1962 at the international art exhibition in Venice. She was received with great success and proved the unique skill of the author. This work became the pinnacle in the work of Alberto Giacometti, his experiments with the human form and symbols.
To date, the “walking man” has not lost its significance in contemporary art. A real fight flared up around the sale of this sculptor in February 2010 at an auction in London. The lucky owner was Lily Safra from Brazil, who acquired the statue for a staggering amount of £ 65 million (more than $ 104 million).
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