L'Homme qui marche I
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
L'Homme Qui Marche I (Walking Man I) is a bronze sculpture created by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti in 1961. On 3 February 2010, it became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction.
The bronze sculpture depicts a lone man in mid-stride with his arms hanging at his side. Giacometti is said to have viewed "the natural equilibrium of the stride" as a symbol of "man's own life force".
In 1960, Giacometti was asked to be part of a public project by the Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York to plant bronze figures outside the building. He created several sculptures, with L'Homme qui marche I among them. Giacometti struggled with the project and eventually abandoned the commission. However, in 1961 he cast the life-size work in bronze and exhibited it at the Venice Biennale a year later. L'Homme Qui Marche I was created at the high point of Giacometti's mature period and represents the pinnacle of his experimentation with the human form. and one of the most iconic images of Modern art.