oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 25 5/8 in. (92.1 x 65.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer Jr.
This somber portrait rendered in black, white, and gray features a young woman who confronts the viewer head-on. The figure’s frontality and disproportionately small head are hallmark characteristics of Alberto Giacometti’s portraiture and sculpture. Caroline was a young Parisian woman whom Giacometti met in 1959. Within five years he produced twenty portraits and one sculpture of her. Painting the body and background first, the artist never altered them in subsequent sittings. He then focused on her head, onto which he repeatedly applied paint, scraped it off or wiped it away, and painted over again.