ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (1901-1966) Igor Stravinsky 18 5/8 x 12 3/4 in (47.3 x 32.4 cm) (Executed on October 12, 1957)

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 18
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI
(1901-1966)
Igor Stravinsky 18 5/8 x 12 3/4 in (47.3 x 32.4 cm)

Sold for US$ 112,575 inc. premium

Impressionist & Modern Art

12 Nov 2019, 17:00 EST

New York

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (1901-1966)
Igor Stravinsky
signed and dated 'Alberto Giacometti, Paris 12 Octobre 1957' (lower right)
pencil on paper
18 5/8 x 12 3/4 in (47.3 x 32.4 cm)
Executed on October 12, 1957

Footnotes

  • The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Giacometti and it is recorded in the Alberto Giacometti database as AGD 4142.

    Provenance
    Robert Craft, New York.
    Sextant, Inc.
    Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Graff, New Jersey.

    Exhibited
    New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Stravinsky and the Dance, 1962-63, no. 62.759 (illustrated p. 8 and on the cover).
    New York, The New York Public Library, Stravinsky and the Theatre, New York, 1963, p. 51.
    New York, The Museum of Modern Art; Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art & San Francisco, The San Francisco Museum of Art, Alberto Giacometti, June 9, 1965 - April 24, 1966, no. 130 (illustrated p. 107).
    Trenton, New Jersey State Museum, Festival '72, Exhibition of Decorative and Fine Arts from New Jersey Private Collections, June 30 - August 6, 1972 (illustrated in the catalogue n.p.).
    Basel, Das Kunstmuseum, Strawinsky Sein Nachlass Sein Bild, June 6 – September 9, 1984, no. 93.

    Considered one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century, Igor Stravinsky was seventy-five years old when he first met the young Alberto Giacometti. The composer was visiting Paris to record his music that was composed for the ballet Agon. Stravinsky was well familiar with the artist's work, who had been commissioned to create the sleeve for the ballet's record. It was October 12, 1957, the day after Agon had been performed in Paris, that the two artists were formally introduced by their mutual acquaintance, the Russian musicologist Pierre Souvtchinsky. Prior to this initial meeting, Giacometti had produced several portrait drawings of Stravinsky based from photographs. Dissatisfied with these results, Giacometti asked Stravinsky if he could sketch him from life instead. The composer agreed to sit for the artist while Giacometti rapidly sketched a series of portrait drawings. Portrait of Stravinsky, dated and inscribed 'Paris 12 Octobre 1957,' is one of the works that was executed during this sitting.

    Stravinsky visited Paris a few other times from 1957 to 1965. Although the composer was typically impatient, he always allowed Giacometti to sketch him from life during these visits. Giacometti's biographer James Lord described the relationship between the two artists, stating that "both men had good reason to respect one another, but they could not have foreseen how deep a pleasure would come from opportunities to show it. Indeed, it must be delightful for geniuses to feel a spontaneous affinity, because they alone can appreciate the extent of its solace in the isolation they share. ... The portraits are incisive, profound, penetrating images made by one great man of another, the outcome of a confrontation of peers" (J. Lord, 'Stravinsky and Giacometti' in Strawinsky. Sein Nachlass. Sein Bild, (exhibition catalogue), Basel, Kunstmuseum, 1984, p. 377).

    The drawings at present entered the collection of the distinguished American conductor Robert Craft. A very close artistic partner to Stravinsky, Craft is credited for renewing Stravinsky's artistic vigor. Craft's artistic influence is evident in the ballet Agon, as it was Craft who first introduced Stravinsky to the technique of serialism used in the neoclassical ballet and who conducted the music when it first premiered in Los Angeles.
Contacts
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armour, Coins and Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Wine & Whisky

27.5% on the first $25,000 of the hammer price;
26% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $25,000 up to and including $1,000,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $1,000,000 up to and including $6,000,000;
and 14.5% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of $6,000,000.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card for returning clients only. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

If you have requested a shipping quote, we will send this to you via email within 5 business days of the auction ending.

Please note our shipping quotes are bespoke and require special care and handling from our team and shippers. Shipping will be booked after payment is received. Please allow 7-14 business days from the time of booking for packing and dispatch, depending on your chosen shipping method. If your purchase is time sensitive, or you wish to explore other options, please see our list of alternative third party shippers in New York and Los Angeles who may be able to assist you.

If you have any questions, please contact our Client Services team.

App